Clinical Information

Key to areas:
- Pathlab Waikato
PLBOP / BOP - Pathlab Bay of Plenty
PLWh - Pathlab Whakatane
PLR - Pathlab Rotorua
PLT - Pathlab Taupo


Bay of Plenty,
Waikato, Taupo

Bay of Plenty,
Waikato, Taupo


            UTI                FAECES - ENTERIC

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

2016 Pathlab Antibiotic profile.pdf

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

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

H.Pylori Testing - Pathlab - Dec 16.pdf

Skin Prick Testing - Pathlab - Nov 16.pdf
Clinical Haematology Services - Pathlab - Oct 2016.pdf
HbA1c Error in Reporting - Pathlab - October 2016.pdf
Change in Macroprolactin Reporting - Pathlab - September 2016.pdf
Changes In Thyroid Antibodies - Pathlab - Aug 16.pdf
Patient Services Update and Map - BOP - Aug 16.pdf
Laboratory Processing of Vaginal Swabs - Pathlab - June 16.pdf
Clinical Details Serology Testing - Pathlab - July 2016.pdf
Urine Processing Changes - Pathlab - July 2016.pdf
Inherited Thrombophilia Testing - WDHB - June 2016.pdf
Laboratory Processing of Vaginal Swabs - Pathlab - June 16.pdf
Bethlehem Collection Room - Pathlab BOP - June 2016.pdf
ESR Inflammatory Response Marker No - Pathlab - Edit June 2016.pdf
Relocation of the Cytopreparatory Laboratory - Pathlab - June 2016.pdf
Stool Samples for Microbiology and Other Tests - PLW - May 16.pdf
Infectious Serology Clinical Details Testing - Pathlab - May 16.pdf
Stores Ordering - Pathlab BOP - May 2016.pdf
HbA1c Now Part of the 1st Antenatal Screen - Pathlab - May 2016.pdf
Clinical Haematology Services - Pathlab Waikato - May 2016.pdf
Hepatitis Serology Testing - Pathlab - May 16.pdf
Clinical Update - Test Adds PLBOP.pdf
Clinical Update - Test Adds PLW.pdf
ESR Inflammatory Response Marker No - Pathlab - April 2016.pdf
Clinical Details as a Pre-Requisite for Infectious Serology Testing - Pathlab - April 16.pdf
Blood and Blood Product Issuing - Tga Hospital - March 2016.pdf
Hospital Based Laboratory on the Move - BOP - Mar 16.pdf
Skin Prick Testing for Allergy - PLW - March 16.pdf
Urine Processing Changes - Pathlab - Jan 16.pdf
Levetiracetam Testing - Pathlab - Jan 16.pdf
Pathlab Micro move - Pathlab - Jan 2016.pdf
Guidance to Microbiology Specimen Labelling - Pathlab - Jan 2016.pdf
Specimen Labelling - Pathlab - Jan 2016.pdf
Change to Lipid Reporting - Pathlab - Jan 16.pdf

Changes to Mantoux and Quantiferon Gold Testing - Waikato GPs - December 2015.pdf

Legionella Antigen Testing - Hospital only - Dec 15.pdf
Haemochromatosis Screening - Pathlab - Nov 2015.pdf
Evidential Drug Screening - PLW - November 2015.pdf
MRSA Result Reporting - Pathlab - Nov 2015.pdf
Change To Treponema Pallidum Particle Agglutination -TPPA- Reporting - Pathlab - Nov 2015.pdf

Troponin I – Change Of Units Of Measurement - Pathlab - Oct 2015.pdf
Consultation Document - Clinical Details as a Pre-Requisite for Infectious Serology Testing - Oct 15.pdf
EBV Serology - Pathlab - Sept 2015.pdf
Cervical Smear Labelling - Sept 2015.pdf
Specimen Labelling of New ESwab - Pathlab - September 2015.pdf
Change to TFT Requesting - Aug 2015.pdf
New ESwab And Microbiology Specimen Storage - Pathlab - July 15.pdf
Epstein Barr Virus Testing for Infectious Mononucleosis - GPs - Pathlab - July 2015.pdf
HPV Reporting - June 2015.pdf
Funded Diagnostic Testing - PLW - June 2015.pdf
Funded Diagnostic Testing - BOP and Whk GPs - May 2015.pdf
Xanthochromia - Tga and Whk Hospitals - May 15.pdf
RESPIRATORY VIRUS SWABS from the Community - May 2015.pdf
Influenza and RSV Testing - Tga and Whk Hospitals - May 2015.pdf
Discontinuation of On-site Procalcitonin Testing - Whakatane Hospital - March 2015.pdf
Faecal Occult Blood -FOB- Testing - Pathlab - March 2015.pdf
Domiciliary Services - EBOP - March 2015.pdf
Change to Troponin Assay and Reference Interval - Pathlab - Feb 15.pdf
Test Add Process - Waikato - Feb 15.pdf
Urine Methadone Testing - BOP and WHK - Jan 15.pdf
Minimum Biochemistry Sample Requirements Plus Vitamin B12 and Folate Now In-House - WHK - Jan 15.pdf

Change to Laboratory Processing of Enteric Samples - Pathlab - Dec 2014.pdf
Adoption of EUCAST Susceptibility Testing Standards and Resultant Changes to Urinary Processing - Pathlab - Dec 2014.pdf
Ferritin Method Change - Pathlab - December 2014.pdf
Issues with reporting of results after LIS Upgrade 2014.pdf
BD SurePath Vial - Pathlab - December 2014.pdf
Consultation for a Change to Processing of Stool Samples - December 2014.pdf
Laboratory Information System LIS Upgrade - Pathlab - November 2014.pdf
Enteric Processing - Pathlab - November 2014.pdf
Age Related D-Dimer Cut-Off Values - Pathlab - November 2014.pdf
Blood Culture Bottle Change - Pathlab - Nov 14.pdf
Serological Testing for Hepatitis - Pathlab - October 14.pdf
Laboratory Information System LIS Upgrade - Pathlab - October 2014.pdf
Bilirubin in Babies and Adjusted Calcium - Pathlab - Sept 2014.pdf
Urine for Microbiology - PLW- August 2014.pdf
Immunology Tests - Pathlab - August 2014.pdf
UTI Testing - Pathlab all excl midwives - August 2014.pdf
Mantoux Testing - PLW - July 2014.pdf
Change to Urinary Processing - PLW - July 2014.pdf
FT3 Requests and Withdrawal of Red Cell Folate - Pathlab - June 2014.pdf
Sampling for Patients with Suspected Measles - PLW - June 2014.pdf
Influenza and RSV Testing - Tauranga and Whakatane Hospitals only - June 2014
Non-Fasting Lipids - Pathlab - March 2014.pdf
BD SurePath Vial Collection Change - Pathlab - March 2014.pdf
Urine Collection Tube Change - BOP and PLW excl WHK March 2014.pdf
Test Adds - PLW - March 2014.pdf 
Local Fluoroquinolone Resistance Increasing - BOP GPs only - Feb 2014.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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