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Scabies 28-11-2012
Collection Guides

Collection Guidelines

Erthrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) Testing 27-12-2012
Clinicians

From 5 April 2010 Medlab Central will only process a request for an ESR if the request has been discussed with a Haematologist or if appropriate clinical indications are clearly documented on the request form. Read Memo

Additional allowed clinical indications for ESR testing:
                 Giant cell/temporal arteritis (Ophthalmologist request only)
                 Suspected prosthetic joint infection

eGFR Equation Change - May 2013 01-05-2013
Clinicians

Medlab Central Group change the eGFR equation from MDRD to CKD-EPI on 1 May 2013

HbA1c Eclair Orders Enhancement 03-07-2013
Clinicians

HbA1c Éclair Orders electronic requests now require an indication for testing on each patient

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Test Changes 2014 - MidCentral Health DHB 28-01-2014
Collection Guides

Medlab Central is pleased to offer a new PCR test that will detect both gonorrhoea and/or chlamydia from a single specimen., starting 3 February 2014. This test replaces routine culture for detection of gonorrhoea with improved sensitivity, the ability to use non‐invasive sample types, in some instances, and room‐temperature storage for collected samples.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Test Changes 2014 - Tairawhiti DHB 28-01-2014
Collection Guides

The new PCR test for both gonorrhoea and/or chlamydia from a single specimen was successfully introduced by TLab early in  2013. The memo document summarising sample recommendations has recently been reviewed and updated.

This is available to MidCentral and Whanganui DHB Referrers from 3 February 2014

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Test Changes 2014 - Whanganui DHB 28-01-2014
Collection Guides

Medlab Wanganui is pleased to offer a new PCR test that will detect both gonorrhoea and/or chlamydia from a single specimen., starting 3 February 2014. This test replaces routine culture for detection of gonorrhoea with improved sensitivity, the ability to use non‐invasive sample types, in some instances, and room‐temperature storage for collected samples.

QuantiFERON Gold NZMN Statement 17-12-2015
Clinicians

15 December 2015

The New Zealand Microbiology Network distributed a postition statement regarding the use of the QuantiFERON Gold In-Tube assay to screen for tuberculosis infection among healthcare workers, students and other occupational groups in New Zealand.

Click on the link above to see the cover letter and position statement.

Measles PCR Sample Collection 29-05-2017
Collection Guides

Instructions for Measles PCR Sample Collection

Mumps PCR Sample Collection 06-09-2017
Clinicians

Mumps PCR Sample Collection instructions

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