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Vitamin D Testing Criteria

Vitamin D tests were originally developed for investigation of rickets, osteomalacia and other metabolic bone disorders. In recent years the number of requests for vitamin D tests has increased dramatically. Most of these requests are unrelated to metabolic bone disease, and have arisen because of reported associations between various disease states (cancers,cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune […]

GP update in E-ordering a positive outcome from lockdown

Electronic ordering of lab tests has been available around the country for some time now, but the uptake from GPs has been relatively low in some regions. With COVID-19 forcing the country into lockdown, and for many GPs – taking them online, e-ordering lab tests to support virtual consults saw significant uptake in the Nelson […]

Rapid COVID-19 testing now in regional laboratories – greater support for regional hospitals

From today, eight regional labs will be receiving much needed capability to rapidly test for COVID-19 and influenza, providing crucial and timely support to regional hospitals. Rapid COVID-19 tests take just under an hour, enabling the smaller regional labs to add to the national testing capacity and support regional hospitals to act early. The ability […]

Health workers, Maori test

According to the SDHB, the South enjoyed rapid turnaround of test results compared with many other places. A Covid-19 update included in the agenda for this week’s board meeting outlined how, in the early days of the outbreak, specimens had to be sent out of the district for processing. ‘‘Southern Community Laboratories, however, developed innovative […]

Teamwork helps South punch above its weight against country’s first COVID-19 onslaught

The country’s southernmost region has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 to date. Fiona Cassie finds out about the partnership between general practices, the PHO and DHB that got them through.. Read the full article on NZ Doctor (subscription) >>

From nostril swab to COVID test result: The unseen work of our laboratories

Reporter Fiona Cassie wanted to know what happens to the thousands of nasal swabs that are sent away for analysis each day. The Southern Community Laboratories experts who answered her questions are clinical microbiologist Arlo Upton, molecular pathology department head Jenny Grant and clinical microbiologist James Ussher Read the full article on NZ Doctor (subscription) […]

Testing capacity augmented

Dunedin’s Covid-19 testing capacity has been strengthened by adding an Australian testing system.A team that included staff from the University of Otago microbiology and immunology department and Southern Community Laboratories (SCL), earlier this year rapidly adapted a German test, which detected the first confirmed Dunedin Covid-19 cases in mid-March. Read the full article on Otago […]

Otago academics develop virus test tech

Dunedin scientists have swiftly adapted overseas technology to help develop a powerful coronavirus test which this week detected the city’s first two confirmed Covid-19 cases.Prof Miguel Quinones-Mateu, of the University of Otago microbiology and immunology department, said the test had been adapted and developed over the past six weeks, and now delivered results in three […]

Gestational diabetes screening

View the latest updates for Gestational diabetes screening >>

The Analyser Pathology News – November 2019

Welcome to the last edition of The Analyser for 2019, hard to believe we are at this end of the year already. It has been a year of change for Southern Community Laboratories in Nelson-Marlborough and OtagoSouthland. 2019 started with a new 2DHB contract to bed in and the retirement of long serving General Manager […]