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Wellington SCL Newsletter 
25th March 2020

(Please forward on to your clinical staff) 

Laboratory Covid-19 Response 



Laboratories are re-directing resource to COVID-19 testing.  Other tests that require molecular reagents are being restricted. 
From Friday 20th March all Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests has been been restricted.
Testing will be available on the following patient groups:
  1. Those with urethritis and/or discharge (discharge not candida or BV)
  2. Hx of receptive anal sex and proctitis
  3. Intermittent per vaginal bleeding / spotting
  4. Sexual assault
Clinical details outlining indication for testing will be required.  Testing will not proceed without this. Please do not telephone the clinical microbiologists.  If you have additional clinical information, you can fax, add to eclair e-ordering, or call the laboratory data entry staff.

Please note: patients who are contacts of known cases should be treated empirically without testing.
Information regarding the management of suspected cases of all sexually transmitted/related infections can be found here -

We appreciate your understanding and assistance at this unusual time.
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