COVID update – Alert Level 3

Kia ora koutou, here is our Alert Level 3 status: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) Our FNA service has resumed and we are taking bookings as usual with 30 minute slots rather than the usual 15 minutes to prevent cross over of patients. Patients will be screened and support people are unfortunately not permitted in […]

Pre-departure testing: Important update during current health response

Information contained in this update is accurate as of 23 August 2021 During the current public health emergency Southern Community Labs (SCL) are processing high-volumes of COVID-19 tests. We cannot guarantee pre-departure test results for travellers in less than 72 hours from time of collection. It is important that all patients presenting for this test […]

Screening questions – Alert level 3 & 4

Anyone coming to our collection centres will be screened at the door before entering. Screening is in place to protect all patients and our staff. If you have any of the following, please do not come to the collection centre, stay home and call your GP for advice regarding getting a COVID test. FeverNew coughNew breathlessnessSort throatRunny […]

COVID update – Alert Level 4

Kia ora to all our referrers and patients who have worked with us during the COVID response. Like everyone, we have had to adapt and change and we will continue to evolve as we work through the Alert Level 4. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) During Alert Level 4 the FNA service is suspended. Any […]

Alert Level 3 & 4 update

As an essential service, most of our collection centres will remain open during Alert Level 3 & 4. = Dunedin – Our Marinoto, Mornington and Mosgiel Collection Centres will be closed during Alert Level 3 & 4= Queenstown – Our Queenstown Collection Centre is closed during Alert Level 3 & 4= Invercargill – Our Windsor […]

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 […]