Click here to view information on changes to Prolactic reference intervals


Please follow link to view important update on HbA1c testing.


The contents of this issue include:

  • New Guidelines for gestational diabetes mellitus
  • New requirement for ordering skin prick allergy test
  • Bleeding times test discontinued
  • New Labtests collection cerntre at Takanini
  • New swabs/urine kits for Chlamydia/N.gonorrhoeae testing
  • Collection Centre Christmas hours

The Scope, Issue 19

10 December 2015

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Microbiology Update

18 November 2015

Trichomonas vaginalis testing at Labtests and Northland Pathology Laboratory

From Monday 30th November for approximately one week all urine and urogenital specimens received for Chlamydia trichomonas (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) testing from patients aged ≥ 13 years will also have a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for Trichomonas vaginalis (TV). In addition, usual TV culture will continue on vaginal swabs received from patients aged 13 to 59 years (inclusive).

This additional testing is for a study entitled “Epidemiological study of Trichomonas vaginalis in the Auckland and Northland communities, based on nucleic acid amplification tests submitted for chlamydia testing”. Ethics approval has been obtained (15/CEN/136).

If you do not want your patient tested for TV, please state this very clearly on the request form.

All positive results will be reported as a supplementary report while negative results will not be reported.

This study will provide useful epidemiological information for primary care and laboratories, and will help to inform testing in the future.

If you have any questions please contact

Dr Arlo Upton

Medical Director and Clinical Microbiologist
Labtests and Northland Pathology
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Laboratory Consultation - Bleeding Times

9 November 2015

Proposed change:  Labtests/Northland Pathology Lab discontinue bleeding times from 1st December 2015

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