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Personal travel to/from Auckland – testing update

For updated information on who can travel across alert level boundaries and the testing requirements please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Personal travel information is available hereBusiness travel information available here. Saliva testing is not an option for personal travel testing at this stage. Nasopharyngeal swab testing is available and are free for […]

COVID-19 saliva testing

Are you a permitted worker, or employer of permitted workers travelling across alert level boundaries? Register for a COVID-19 saliva test here.

Alert Level 2 update

At Alert level 2, the following Northland Pathology collection centres will remain closed: Onerahi – Located in Onerahi Medical CentreKensington – Located in Kensington Health All other Collection Centres will be open with regular operating hours. Please remember: If you have symptoms COVID-19 please stay home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP.If […]

Pre-departure testing: important update during current health response

Information contained in this update is accurate as of 23 August 2021 During the current public health emergency our labs are processing high-volumes of COVID-19 tests. We cannot guarantee pre-departure test results for travellers in less than 72 hours from time of collection. It is important that all patients presenting for this test are advised […]

Alert level 3 & 4 update

At Alert level 3 & 4, the following Northland Pathology collection centres will be closed: Onerahi – Located in Onerahi Medical CentreKensington – Located in Kensington HealthPaihia – Located in Bay View Medical Centre The following blood collection centres will be open, with changes to opening hours: 11 Rust Ave, Whangarei – 7.30 am – […]

Discontinuation of respiratory serology tests

LabPLUS are in the process of reviewing their test menu for infectious serology and several antibody tests will be discontinued. Read more>>

Swabbing guidelines

Swabs are not taken by phlebotomy staff at Northland Pathology collection centres. However, certain swab types can be self-collected. Appropriate swabs for self-collection include: vaginal swabs (both Aptima swabs for molecular STI testing and standard orange top ‘bacterial’ swabs),vaginal-rectal swabs for Group B Streptococcus screening, andMRSA screening swabs. Swabs from wounds, eyes, and ears should […]

How MIQ saliva testing will work

From the NZ Herald, 5 July 2021: Regular saliva testing for staff at New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities could be underway in weeks, which aims to strengthen the country’s border against Covid-19. Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) was awarded a Ministry of Health contract in May to provide virus surveillance testing through saliva […]

Queen’s birthday opening hours

All our Collection Centres are closed on Monday June 7 to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. We will reopen on Tuesday June 8 with normal business hours.

COVID-19 saliva testing option

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