COVID Testing Anniversary

The 13th March 2021 marks 1 year since testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was introduced at SCL Dunedin. Since then, SCL has expanded testing to 9 laboratories in its South Island network, with the Dunedin laboratory having performed over 80,000 tests. This represents a massive amount of work by the laboratory scientists, […]

Urgent HIS COVID Specimens

Download a PDF version of this memo here If you have a High Index of Suspicion COVID specimen that requires urgent pick-up for delivery to the laboratory – phone your local laboratory and advise them that you require an urgent pick-up. Provide the laboratory with the following details: Your name and contact numberThe name and […]

Alert Level 2

Green Island and Mornington collection centres are closed. Marinoto clinic will only be available for appointments during level 2. There will be restricted numbers at Mosgiel. Havelock North collection centre is also closed. All other collection centres will be open but 1m social distancing is required. Screening questions may be asked. Please do not attend […]

Update: Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing

Several countries now require pre-departure travel testing for COVID-19. Depending upon the destination country’s rules, passengers may need to complete one COVID PCR test (swab) +/- one COVID antibody test (blood) within 48 to 72 hours of boarding their flight or arrival at their destination, and be able to provide negative results. Time-frame for Testing […]

Blood Lead Testing – Unavailable at SCL

Public Health free blood lead testing is not availabe at SCL Patient Service Centres. Please refer to the information on the DCC or Southern Health websites for information about free testing locations – see links below: https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/news-and-events/public-notices/alerts/water-notice https://www.southernhealth.nz/publications/community-blood-test-clinics-be-set-waikouaiti-next-week

Waitangi Day

All of our collection centres will be closed on Monday 8th February for the Waitangi Day Holiday. Filleul Street in Dunedin will also be closed on Saturday 6th February. All other colelction centres that usually open on Saturdays will be open as normal. All collection centres will be open as normal on Tuesday 9th February.

Pre-Departure Testing for China – Update

The Chinese Embassy has updated its requirement for pre-departure travel testing. From 10 December 2020, passengers must complete one COVID PCR test (swab) and one COVID IgM antibody test (blood) within 2 days of boarding their flight, providing negative results of both. From Monday 7 December, COVID IgM antibody test will be available at SCL […]

Christmas and New Year Hours

All of our collection centres will be closed for the Christmas and New Year public holidays and there are some changes to hours over the rest of the holiday period. Normal Hours will resume on Tuesday 5th January 2021 for all clinics with the exception of Marinoto Clinic, Green Island and South City. Dunedin collection […]

Important Referrer Update re COVID-19 Testing

We receive hundreds of specimens per day for SARS-CoV-2 PCR. To ensure rapid testing on priority specimens, the laboratory has two work streams. To enable the laboratory to identify priority specimens, it is essential that request forms clearly state one of the following: Higher Index of Suspicion (HIS)Symptomatic healthcare workerSymptomatic Aged Residential Care residentPre-departure testing […]

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

It’s that exciting time of year again! For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (WAAW), the World Health Organisation has selected the slogan “Antimicrobials: Handle with care. United to preserve antimicrobials.” You will notice that we now talk in terms of “antimicrobials” rather than “antibiotics” because we recognise that resistance in organisms other than bacteria (such […]