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NEWSLETTER ISSUE - 24th August 2020 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
 

INDUSTRIAL ACTION, 
TUESDAY 25TH AUGUST - TUESDAY 1ST  SEPTEMBER 2020

 
Laboratory workers from the APEX union will partially withdraw their labour from 7:00am Tuesday, 25 August to 7:00am Tuesday, 1 September. There will be some disruption to laboratory services, including:
  1. Expect delays for inbound phone calls to our call centre
  2. Expect delays to vaginal swabs microbiology results
  3. Expect delays to small histology biopsy results
  4. Some non-urgent phlebotomy home visits may need to be deferred
 All other laboratory, phlebotomy and courier services will operate as usual, including COVID testing.
 

LABORATORY SERVICES DURING ALERT LEVEL 2
 

Update on Microbiology Requests at alert level 2
With a decline in COVID-19 testing volumes last week, the previous restrictions on microbiological testing ordering have been lifted.
 
We continue to ask that referrers think carefully about the clinical utility of tests before they request them, and ask that clinical details are routinely provided on all requests for laboratory services and we thank all our referrers that are taking the extra time to do this.

We do read the details and it makes a big difference to our processing and reporting if something unexpected grows or is seen on Gram stain.

COLLECTION CENTRE DURING CURRENT ALERT LEVEL 2
 

Most Wellington SCL centres remain open at alert level 2. For the current status of collection centres please refer to our website www.wellingtonscl.co.nz/collection-centres/
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Wellington
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Wellington Hospital, Riddiford Street
Wellington, Wgn 6011
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