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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? Register for a COVID-19 saliva test here.

Alert Level 2 update

Kia ora koutou, here is our Alert Level 2 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 […]

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 […]