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Level 2 Testing Restrictions

Restriction in asymptomatic Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing. Laboratories are re-directing resources to COVID-19 testing, other tests that require molecular reagents are being restricted. From Thursday 20 August all Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests will be restricted. Restrictions to Screening for GDM Recommendations from New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes

Order Your Laboratory Consumables Online

Online stores ordering is now available! Canterbury SCL are excited to announce that you can now place all of your orders for laboratory supplies directly via our website.  

All Faxing to Cease

In June 2019 the Ministry of Health¬†Accident Compensation Commission released a joint communique defining secure communication within the New Zealand health sector, specifically in regards to email and faxing.¬† The two recommendations made by the Ministry were that: All emails be transmitted using Transport Layer Security (TSS) no later than January 2020.All analogue faxing to […]

Referrer Newsletter – August

The latest issue of Lab Link, our referrer newsletter, is now available. Please click below to read the latest news and information from our lab:

Referrers: Stay up-to-date!

Canterbury SCL are now sending all laboratory communications electronically. This includes service changes, test updates and our laboratory newsletter. To stay up-to-date with everything that is happening and to ensure you don’t miss any important information please sign up to our referrer mailing list below.

Change to Anti-dsDNA antibody testing requirements

Anti-dsDNA antibody samples received by the laboratories must now 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 […]

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 […]

Change to requirements 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: https://www.canterburyscl.co.nz/for-referrers/patient-charging/ Please note that this price increase does not apply to any CDHB funded tests.  If you require any further information please contact:                       accounts_receivable@sclabs.co.nz