Anti-dsDNA Antibody Testing

Anti-dsDNA antibody samples received by the laboratories must be accompanied by relevant clinical details, and prior testing history, to be processed. Background Antibodies to native or double-stranded DNA are found primarily in systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE). They are thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of the most severe forms of SLE when deposited as […]

Discontinuation of Heliobacter pylori serology

Canterbury SCL would like to inform referrers that Helicobacter pylori serology will no longer be routinely available from Friday 31 July 2020. H. pylori serology is a test that measures IgG antibodies specific to H. pylori in serum as evidence of infection at some time. This test is unable to determine if antibodies are present […]

Clinical details required for ESR testing

As of 13 July 2020 all ESR samples received by the laboratories must be accompanied by relevant clinical details in order to be processed. ESRs without relevant clinical details, as per table below, will not be processed. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in childrenJuvenile idiopathic arthritisKawasaki diseaseRheumatic feverSuspected prosthetic joint inflammationPolymyalgia RheumaticaTemporal (giant cell) arteritis Requesting […]

Aptima Multitest Kits

Our supplier of the Aptima Multitest collection kits have informed us these are on global allocation and this product is on backorder. We are expecting kits to arrive in around 2- 3 weeks time. Please stock for your requirements only and do not overstock. If you have stock of any short-dated collection kits close to expiry, […]

Annual Price Increase

As of 1st July 2020 there was a price increase to all non-funded laboratory tests. You can find the updated price list here: Please note that this price increase does not apply to any CDHB funded tests.  If you require any further information please contact:              

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Make a Remote Laboratory Request

To request laboratory tests after a remote consult, you can email the laboratory request form to Your patient can then present at any Canterbury SCL collection centre and the form will be available in our system.

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies (FNA)

Dear Colleagues,During COVID response Level 3 and 4 Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies (FNA) were restricted to cases to confirm malignancy. Under Level 2 we will now also accept FNA referrals for patients in whom ruling out malignancy is required.From Wednesday May 20th, FNA is available for patients to confirm / rule out malignancy. Example: Thyroid nodules, salivary […]

Formalin Pottle Recall

Thermo Fisher Scientific have identified a problem with leaking containers of 70ml 10% formalin in batch numbers: G6663, G6664 and G6665. Please check your supplies, if you have any of these batch numbers return them to the Canterbury SCL Stores Department for replacement. Only these batches are affected, all other pots are fine.

Rangiora Collection Centre Relocated

New Collection Centre NOW OPEN at 77 High Street Canterbury SCL is pleased to announce the opening of a new collection centre for our Waimakariri patients.We have relocated from 237c High Street to 77 High Street in Rangiora (beside ANZ Bank). 237c High Street is now permanently CLOSED for blood collection services. 77 High Street […]