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Matariki weekend

Our collection centres will all be closed on Friday 24 June for the Matariki public holiday.

Queen’s birthday

Our collection centres will be closed on Monday June 6 for the Queen’s birthday public holiday. We will reopen again on Tuesday June 7.

Easter & ANZAC weekends

> Our collection centres will be closed on the Easter and ANZAC day public holidays.

Otago anniversary day

All SCL collection centres in the Otago region will be closed on Monday 21 March for the Otago anniversary day.

Test to Travel: new pre-departure service

In preparation for an increase in international travel, the Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) are making it easier and cheaper for kiwis to secure a pre-departure PCR test. Test to Travel is a new end-to-end service which will provide travellers with digital proof of a negative COVID-19 test, allowing them entry into a multitude of […]

Use of saliva testing over summer

When the Auckland boundary lifts at 11:59pm Tuesday 14 December, anyone travelling from Auckland who is fully vaccinated will no longer need to show a proof of test, and instead can use their My Vaccine Pass to travel. Unvaccinated workers who are travelling are encouraged to use Rapid Antigen Tests, available from participating pharmacies free of charge, to meet […]

Festive season opening hours

Southern Community Labs wishes you all a safe and happy festive season. Please click here for all our centre’s open days and times during the Christmas / New Year period. We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

LDL calculation change SDHB

From October 11, 2021 the biochemistry laboratory is changing the way that LDL cholesterol (LDLC) is calculated on the lipid profile. The current calculation (Friedewald’s formula) has been in use for almost 50 years. It estimates LDLC from the total cholesterol (TC), HDL cholesterol (HDLC) and triglyceride (TG) concentrations. The calculation assumes that triglyceride-containing lipoproteins […]

Personal travel to/from Auckland – testing update

For updated information on who can travel across alert level boundaries and the testing requirements please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Personal travel information is available hereBusiness travel information available here. At this time, publicly funded saliva testing is NOT an option for personal travel testing or the education sector. Nasopharyngeal swab testing is available and are […]

COVID Saliva testing

Are you a permitted worker, or employer of permitted workers travelling across alert level boundaries? To find out more about saliva testing click here. .