COVID-19 saliva swabbing option

Weekly-tested border workers are being given the option of saliva swabbing to reduce the “discomfort” of regular 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>>

Hornby Collection Centre – temporary change to opening hours

The Hornby Collection Centre will be closing early, at 1pm on Thursday 17 June for essential maintenance. The centre will re-open as usual on Friday 18 June.

ANZAC day closures

We will remember them. All of our collection centres are closed on Monday, April 26 for ANZAC day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, April 27.

Referrer Newsletter – Easter 2021

In this issue: Easter HoursAxe The FaxHighly Transmissible DiseasesHistology Reports UpgradeeOrders Read Lab Link Easter Issue >>>

Easter Weekend

Please note that all Canterbury SCL collection centres are closed on Good Friday (2nd April) and Easter Monday (5th April). Collection centres that usually open on Saturdays will be open as normal on Saturday 3rd April.

Axe The Fax Update

From Monday 22 March 2021 Canterbury SCL will only be able to receive faxes via 03 360 1485. All other fax lines will be disconnected. Please update your details. For those referrers who still use fax to send information to the lab, please consider using an alternative electronic method; faxing to the above number will be phased […]

Patient Report Upgrades

Canterbury SCL (CSCL) are scheduling an upgrade for the reports generated for Histology, Non-gynae Cytology, Bone Marrow, Flow Cytometry and Post-Mortem tests on the evening of March 25, 2021 The upgrade allows the inclusion of images and improved table display inside the PDF report. Additional messages within the HL7 report indicate where the PDF report […]

Referrer Newsletter – March 2021

In this issue: Electronic Laboratory OrdersLaboratory ConsumablesMidwives InformationOur New Clinical MicrobiologistGreen Tubes Read Lab Link March Issue >>>

Introduction of Copeptin at CHL

Canterbury Health Laboratories wishes to advise that the B.R.A.H.M.S Copeptin assay is now available within our Endocrine and Steroid Laboratory, with testing to be performed fortnightly on a Wednesday. BackgroundCopeptin and arginine vasopressin (AVP) are derived from the same precursor peptide. As Copeptin is released in the same quantity as AVP, it can be used […]

Waitangi Day

All of our collection centres will be closed on Saturday 6th and Monday 8th February for the Waitangi Day Holiday. We will be open as normal on Tuesday 9th February.