Clinical Information

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- Pathlab Waikato
    PLBOP / BOP - Pathlab Bay of Plenty
    PLWh - Pathlab Whakatane
    PLR - Pathlab Rotorua
    PLT - Pathlab Taupo



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Antibiotic Profiles - Please click on the profile below for further information

Pathlab Antibiotic Profiles

Clinical Updates -
Please click on the updates below for further information    

Feedback from consultation on pre-requisite clinical details on all Microbiology samples - July 2019
Testing for Cardiac Markers - July 2019
Swab Breakpoint - July 2019

COMMUNITY ONLY - Red is the new Green swab - June 2019

Pre-Requisite Clinical Details on all Microbiology Request Forms - Further Consultation - May 2019
Microscopic Examination of Stools for Ova, Cysts and Parasites - May 2019

Seminal Fluid Mon-Fri - April 2019
Urine Samples - Change to Culture Thresholds - April 2019
Ear Swabs - April 2019
Antimicrobial Susceptibility Reports - January 2019
Request for Copy To Clinics - January 2019

eOrders Printing Update - December 2018

Stool Antigen Testing for Helicobacter Pylori - November 2018
Oestradiol (E2) Change of Method - November 2018

Enteric PCR Revised - October 2018
Paediatric Creatinine Reference Intervals - October 2018

Transfusion Technical Update - September 2018
Electronic Result Delivery - September 2018
Mycology Processing - September 2018

Dysmorphic Red Cells in Urine - August 2018
Changes to Troponin I Testing - August 2018
hsTNI Assay information - August 2018
Mantoux - August 2018
Molecular STI Panel Testing - August 2018

Requests for 'Copy-to' Results - June 2018

Haemoglobinopathy Testing - May 2018

Changes in testing for Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCA) - March 2018

Bordetella pertussis
Testing Change - March 2018
Gynaecologic Cytology Specimen Containers - March 2018
Specimen Labelling - March 2018

Laboratory Diagnosis of Mumps - February 2018

Requestor Code Set-up for new referrers - February 2018
WAIKATO Supply / Disposal of Sharps Containers - February 2018

TV Molecular Testing - January 2018

Microbiology Charts Update - January 2018

Withdrawal of Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) testing - January 2018
TB Contact Tracing - January 2018

Alkaline Phosphatase Reference Interval Update - Dec 17

HPV Testing - November 2017
Streptococcal Antibody Testing - October 2017

Rotavirus Testing - October 2017

BD Change for CT GC Molecular Testing - October 2017
ESR Inflammatory Response Marker No - September 17
Reporting of Correct Sodium - August 17.pdf
Stores Ordering - BOP Community - August 17.pdf
Influenza and RSV Testing - Taupo Hospital - August 17
New WHITE swab for Microbiology - August 17.pdf
ESR Changes Pathlab Taupo - July 17.pdf
TV Molecular Study - July 17.pdf
Making Clinical Details Pre-requisite for all Microbiology Samples - July 17.pdf
Skin Prick Testing Referral - July 17.pdf
H pylori Testing - July 2017.pdf
Review of Clinical Detail Requirements for Microbiology Infectious Serology - Lakes - Jul 17.pdf
Report on transition of Rotorua laboratory from LSR to Pathlab - June 17.pdf
Nt-proBNP PTHrp anti Tg - Waikato DHB - April 17.pdf
Consultation on Referral Pathway for Skin Prick Testing - Pathlab - April 17.pdf
Urine Chemistry - Pathlab - March 17.pdf
Rotavirus Testing - Pathlab - March 17.pdf
C. difficile for Lab Users - Pathlab - Feb 17.pdf
Critical Results Notification - Pathlab - Jan 17.pdf
Best Practice Urine Testing - Pathlab - Jan 17.pdf
Faecal Calprotectin - Pathlab - Jan 17.pdf
Seminal Fluid Reference Values - Pathlab - Jan 17.pdf

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Eligibility Rules

The New Zealand DHBs provide funding for laboratory testing services. Those who are not eligible will be required to pay at the time of sample collection at their nearest Pathlab room.

As the referring medical practitioner, you are responsible for confirming your patient can have free tests.

Who Criteria Funded
New Zealand citizens and residents New Zealand citizens (including those living in the Cook Island, Niue or Tokelau) and residents YES
Any person applying for
Testing for immigration/emigration or visa purposes. NO
Tests for
screening purposes
Tests for a trial or study
Tests that are requested on a well person devoid of symptoms and with no identifying risk factors e.g. blood group, wellness testing. Tests that are for, or part of a research project , a study or trial NO
Travellers Screening tests prior to travel e.g. Hepatitis immunity, rabies antibodies NO
Tests for employment,
pre-employment, education and work experience
Screening tests for education or work experience e.g. Nursing student medical Health and safety testing e.g. lead levels, drug testing NO
Self referred or patients
referred by other than NZ
registered doctors
Limited range of funded tests for midwives, smear taker, nurse practitioner. NO
People obtaining a medical
certificate, insurance
or superannuation policy
Where a certificate is required e.g. pilot or diver’s medical licence and insurance testing NO
Work permit holders Holds a current work permit which together with the time the person has already been in NZ lawfully, allows for a continuous stay of at least 2 years. Foreign Language Teaching Assistants funded by Ministry of Education. YES
Refugees and applicant
With proof of refugee/applicant status YES
Visitor permit holder Holds a visitors permit
See eligibility conditions for child visitors under the care of an eligible parent, or pregnant partner of an eligible person
Australian citizens As per New Zealand resident YES
United Kingdom citizens ordinarily resident in UK Testing required for medical conditions requiring prompt attention YES
Foreign Diplomats Other than Australia / UK Foreign diplomats and their family (including their children) NO
All persons receiving compulsory health services Compulsory treatment under TB Act 1948, Health Act 1956, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Act 1966 & Mental Health Act 1992 and prison inmates YES
Funded Students Funded by NZAID ODA and includes partners and children YES
Student permit holders Holds a current student permit (unless studying continuously since before 29th October 2003) NO

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