Testing information

These documents are intended to provide practical assistance with test selection, specimen requirements and specimen collection.

Use the search field below to search for documents by year of release, otherwise newer documents can be found at the bottom of the table below.

Document Name


Antibiogram 2021 MidCentral DHB 14 Mar 2022
Antibiogram 2021 Tairawhiti DHB 14 Mar 2022
Antibiogram 2021 Whanganui DHB 14 Mar 2022

Antimicrobial susceptibility changes 2020

Medlab Central follows the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) guidelines on antibiotic testing. We plan to introduce the latest EUCAST changes in mid-August 2020. The main changes are detailed here.

9 Jul 2020

Availabilty for Sterile Body Fluids  cell count and culture

Information on aspirate sample collection and testing availability after hours.

21 Oct 2020
Bordetella Sample Collection Instructions May 2017
Chlamydia and Gonococcal PCR Testing Instructions May 2021
Faeces Molecular Testing Information May 2021
FNA Biopsy Instructions Jul 2021
Hepatitis B Common Serological Patterns Aug 2008
Hepatitis B Common Serological Markers - Lead Maternity Carers  
Lubricant Training Document Reference 1997
Measles PCR sample Collection Instructions May 2017
Mumps PCR Sample Collection Instructions Aug 2017

Quantiferon Gold - NZMN Position Statement

Position Statement from the New Zealand Microbiology Network regarding the use of the QuantiFERON Gold In-Tube (QFN) assay to screen for tuberculosis infection among healthcare workers, students, travellers, and other occupational groups in New Zealand

Oct 2015
Respiratory Virus PCR Sample Collection Instructions May 2017
Rubella PCR Sample Collection Instructions Sep 2017

Sample Storage Guidelines

Instructions for the labelling and storage of samples

Dec 2020
Scabies Sample Collection Instructions Jul 2021
Vaginal Swab  - Non Molecular Testing Instructions Dec 2017