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How MIQ saliva testing will work

From the NZ Herald: Regular saliva testing for staff at New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities could be underway in weeks, which aims to strengthen the country’s border against Covid-19. Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) was awarded a Ministry of Health contract in May to provide virus surveillance testing through saliva samples from staff […]

Queen’s birthday weekend

All collection centres will be closed for Queens Birthday – Monday 7 June. Normal business hours will resume at all sites on Tuesday 8 June.

COVID-19 saliva testing option

Weekly-tested border workers are being given the option of saliva testing to reduce the “discomfort” of regular COVID nasal swabs.  COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday more than 1400 border workers can look forward to the change, which he said came after “extensive due diligence”.  Read the full article here>>

ANZAC day closures

All of our collection centres will be closed on Monday, April 26 for ANZAC day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday April 27.

Easter Weekend

Most SCL collection centres are closed for the long Easter Weekend. See full listings below: Balclutha, Dunstan, Gore, Oamaru, Dunedin Hospital, Green Island, Marinoto, Mosgiel, South Dunedin and Queenstown collection centres are all closed from Good Friday (2nd April) until Easter Monday (5th April) – open as normal on Tuesday 6th April. South City and […]

Changes to vaginal culture swab processing

We have been reviewing our laboratory processes for vaginal culture swabs. The main purpose of this test is to detect bacterial vaginosis (BV) or candidiasis in women with vaginal discharge or othersymptoms of vaginitis. The Gram stain is the gold standard investigation for both BV and candidiasis.(1-3) BV diagnosis utilises a validated scoring system based […]

Mornington Health Collection Centre Closed

Please note that due to safety issues caused by a leak this collection centre will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New Hawkes Bay Website

SCL are excited to announce that we have a new website built specifically for our Hawkes Bay patients and referrers. For any information relating to the Hawkes Bay region please visit www.hawkesbayscl.co.nz

Patient Report Upgrades

Southern Community Labs and Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) are scheduling an upgrade for the reports generated for Histology, Non-gynae Cytology, Bone Marrow, Flow Cytometry and Post-Mortem tests. Read more >>

Bowel Screening Report Changes

Southern Community Labs and Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) are scheduling an upgrade for rich text reports on the evening of March 25, 2021. Reformatted Bowel Screening Programme reports are included as part of this change. Read more >>