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>>


The laboratory and all collection centres will be closed on the public holiday for ANZAC day, Monday 26 April. Normal business hours resume on Tuesday 27 April.

Faxing changes

Northland Pathology can no longer receive faxes. Instead, please email: https://norpath.co.nz/supply-online-order-form/admin@norpath.co.nz for general enquiriescollections@norpath.co.nz to send request formshomevisits@norpath.co.nz to request a home visitfor stores orders please order online from the referrer tab.

Easter Weekend

Please note that all Northland Pathology collection centres will be closed on Good Friday – 2nd April and Easter Monday – 5th April.

COVID-19 turnaround times and important information for patients

Labtests receives up to 2,000 COVID-19 swab requests per day.  We cannot guarantee results for travellers in less than 72 hours from time of collection, although results are often reported sooner.  It is important that all patients presenting for this test are advised of this by the referrer.   Some referrers are requesting a one hour […]

Northland Anniversary & Waitangi Day

Please note that our collection centres will be closed on Monday 1st February for Northland Anniversary and Monday 8th February for Waitangi Day.

RCPA: A behind the scenes look at Pathology through COVID

Featuring Gary McAuliffe, Medical Director for Labtests and Northland Pathology, RCPA take a look at the importance of pathology in Australia and New Zealand throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic.