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


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

Pathlab Antibiotic Profiles 2018

Rotorua Only Antibiotic Profiles 2018

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

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 Contract 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

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

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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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