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Wellington SCL Newsletter -
14th February 2017

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In this newsletter we cover how the upcoming change of laboratory computer system will impact you.     


Wellington SCL is moving to the SCL laboratory system (Ultra) at the end of February.  Ultra is owned by Healthscope NZ and one of the key benefits is the extensive experience of the of the dedicated in-house IT team that support, manage and develop Ultra.   All laboratories being on the same system will have advantages including access to a large database of referrers to ensure accuracy of referrals and reporting.

The transition to Ultra is scheduled for 23rd February 2017 in the Wairarapa and 25th February 2017 for the Wellington & Hutt regions.  You should not notice any impact on result turnaround times during the transition period.  Extensive testing of the new system has been carried out by the laboratory to ensure a smooth transition occurs.

However, as you know with any move to a new laboratory system there will be some changes.

The key changes are listed below: 

If you have any queries or concerns about these changes please email  Over the coming weeks Fiona James, Customer Liaison Co-ordinator will be in contact to provide the new laboratory referrer codes. 

Add-on test requests

Add-on test requests will not be able to be accepted for the period 23 February - 2 March (Wairarapa) and 25 February – 5 March (Greater Wellington Region).  
A new blood test request and sample will be required.  

Cumulative results display in MedTech 32

As a consequence of changing the laboratory system some of the test names are changing.  Refer here for a full list.  This means that cumulative reporting for those tests needs to be done through screening terms module in MedTech.  

We have provided MedTech with the details of the test name changes and they have prepared an optional update (patch) that will insert the new test names into the screening terms module to assist your continued cumulative reporting. This patch will need to be downloaded manually by each practice.  Instructions for this process will be distributed to practices by MedTech.

Test result grouping

From 25 February you may notice the following changes to the format and grouping of Biochemistry test results.
  • Electrolytes and Creatinine, currently reported separately, will be reported together as Renal Function Tests.
  • The order of display of GGT and ALT as part of the Liver Function Test profile will change.

Change in testing method for Trichomonas 

From 25th February 2017, testing for Trichomonas will be performed using molecular method.  This will be a major improvement because the new test is more sensitive and provides a result within one working day.
  • The preferred sample is a Low Vaginal Swab taken in an Aptima collection tube, the same tube used for molecular testing for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
  • Trichmomonas testing will only be performed on request and clinical details regarding the reason for testing (e.g. vaginal discharge) must be provided.
Dr Michelle Balm
Clinical Microbiologist

Haematology test name changes

From 25th February individual INR, APTT, D-dimer as well as full and partial coagulation panels will all be titled ‘Coagulation’.

Display of Microbiology results in your Practice Management System (PMS)

The display of microbiology results will change.  Click here to view an example of the how the results will display

Kapiti Collection Centres closing early on 25th February

On Saturday 25th February the Paraparaumu and Waikanae collection centres will close half an hour earlier than usual to allow us to transition the computer system. We will communicate this to Kapiti patients & local GP surgeries.

Printed reports

From the end of February we will be able to provide cumulative reporting of printed reports for tests where this is appropriate.
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