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Make a Remote Laboratory Request

To request laboratory tests after a remote consult, you can email the laboratory request form to labrequest@sclabs.canterbury.digitalmachine.co.nz. Your patient can then present at any Canterbury SCL collection centre and the form will be available in our system.

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies (FNA)

Dear Colleagues,During COVID response Level 3 and 4 Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies (FNA) were restricted to cases to confirm malignancy. Under Level 2 we will now also accept FNA referrals for patients in whom ruling out malignancy is required.From Wednesday May 20th, FNA is available for patients to confirm / rule out malignancy. Example: Thyroid nodules, salivary […]

Formalin Pottle Recall

Thermo Fisher Scientific have identified a problem with leaking containers of 70ml 10% formalin in batch numbers: G6663, G6664 and G6665. Please check your supplies, if you have any of these batch numbers return them to the Canterbury SCL Stores Department for replacement. Only these batches are affected, all other pots are fine.

Rangiora Collection Centre Relocated

New Collection Centre NOW OPEN at 77 High Street Canterbury SCL is pleased to announce the opening of a new collection centre for our Waimakariri patients.We have relocated from 237c High Street to 77 High Street in Rangiora (beside ANZ Bank). 237c High Street is now permanently CLOSED for blood collection services. 77 High Street […]

Diagnostic Testing for Scabies in Canterbury

The diagnosis of scabies is usually made clinically, as although laboratory testing can be performed by taking scrapings from the suspicious looking area of skin, this has very poor sensitivity. Like other regions in New Zealand, the positivity rate for scabies laboratory examination is very low in Canterbury, at < 10% of all collections. This […]

Discontinuation of Reporting Anti-thyroglobulin as part of the Thyroid Antibody Screen

From Monday 10th February 2020 Canterbury SCL (CSCL) and Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) will no longer report anti-thyroglobulin (anti-Tg) as part of the routine thyroid antibody screen. Given the superior clinical utility of anti‐thyroid microsomal (anti‐TPO) antibodies, when thyroid antibodies are ordered the laboratory will perform anti‐thyroid microsomal (anti‐TPO) antibodies only. The most common cause […]