Microbiology

What services does Pathlab offer?

Commercial Medical Testing
Workplace Health & Safety 
Travel Immigration and Insurance Tests 
Patient-requested Testing 
Clinical Trials and Research Studies

Commercial Medical Testing

Pathlab can provide commercial testing services to corporates, small businesses, healthcare professionals and individuals often without a GP referral. Our laboratory services can assist with collection and preparation of a wide-ranging number of tests. As per our accreditation requirements, we ensure thorough quality assurance to ISO 15189, the international standard for medical testing laboratories.

Commercial services Pathlab can provide:
  • Customised test request forms for your organisation or workplace
  • Expert assistance from our collection services units to arrange any collection, testing and reporting requirements
  • Cost-effective and competitive pricing
  • Efficient reporting and invoicing services

We can collect samples at our many regional collection centres or from your workplace - please click here to view our testing lab locations. We provide testing not covered by public funding through the District Health Boards.


Workplace health and safety monitoring

Some types of work can expose employees to potentially dangerous biological agents. It is important to regularly check the levels of these compounds in your staff. Pathlab can collect
(on-site or at our rooms) and test the samples.

Contact Pathlab's Biochemistry Head of Department - 0800 PATHLAB (728522) to ask about biological monitoring for:

  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Fluoride
  • Chromium

Testing for other compounds may be available on request.

Our workplace health and safety testing includes:

Pre-employment testing

We can help organisations screen prospective employees or students on clinical placements before they start work.

This can include tests for:
  • heavy metals (such as lead or cadmium, for example)
  • infectious disease

Tests for medical workers

People working directly with patients may be at risk of acquiring infection -- pre-employment baseline testing is an important part of the employment process.

We can help with a range of baseline tests including:

  • the baseline status or immunity level to infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B or C
  • the baseline status for HIV
  • TB screening

This screening helps protect the safety, health and welfare of employees, students, patients and co-workers. Let prospective employees know that such testing is part of their job application process.

Pathlab offers this collection service by appointment only.

Employee well-being programmes

Employee health screening and wellness testing can be done to proactively protect your employees' health or it may be a legal requirement -- see Workplace health and safety monitoring - link. Either way, wellness testing is a good way to help the long-term well-being and productivity of your staff.

Here are some common well-being tests you might want to consider:

  • Lipids -- Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL
  • Diabetes checks
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA) -- for male employees
  • Full blood count examination
  • Renal (kidney) function tests
  • Liver function tests
  • Hepatitis status checks

Contact our Collection Services Head of Department - 0800 PATHLAB (728522) - for information about tests available for your workplace.

Travel, immigration and insurance tests

Travel medicine checks 

Pathlab can provide any laboratory testing recommended before travelling overseas. Your GP will be able tell you what testing you need and what laboratory test charges are included in the doctor's consultation or need to be paid separately.

Immigration and visa medical testing

We can facilitate all immigration testing (and we certify immigration documentation) as required by the Department of Internal Affairs.
Testing for immigration or visa purposes is done at our collection rooms list – link.

Insurance tests

We liaise with insurance companies in assessing the health of people applying for insurance. Some usual tests include:
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • HIV
  • Liver, Renal function and Glucose
  • Lipids -- Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL
  • Urine microscopy, culture, and sensitivity

Other tests are available on request. All tests are treated in the strictest confidence.

Patient-requested testing

Whether for fitness or health reasons, Pathlab can assist with wellness and offer a wide range of tests that don't require the approval of a registered medical practitioner.

Simply visit any Pathlab collection room to have a blood sample taken for testing.
  • We'll ask for proof of your identity and your address and contact phone number.
  • We'll post results to your address, or you can collect them from our centrally located laboratory sites click here for map.
  • Payment is required for all self-requested tests.

Our laboratory testing uses validated methods and accredited processing systems but we do not provide clinical advice on self-requested test selection or interpretation.

For any interpretation of abnormal results, we advise that you seek the advice of a doctor.

Contact our area Operations Managers for further details.

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