The earlier we can spot a new COVID outbreak, the smaller we can keep it; every day counts. So we encourage people to come and get tested if they have a respiratory illness like a cold or sore throat. COVID specimen numbers in the Waikato are running at about 300 a day and we could comfortably test 1000 if needed. Please refer to national guidance on who to test.
Testing is done 7 days a week. Expected turnaround time is <48 hours and is usually <24 hr for specimens collected at Waikato Hospital. Selected cases may be tested urgently between the hours 08:00 and 22:00 by phoned request, but our capacity is limited to 4 or 5 cases each day. It is best to walk the specimen to the lab for urgent testing like this. Turnaround time for rapid testing is <2 hours.
ICU, HDU and Haem/Oncology: please phone 98606 to request. All other locations: please phone the Clinical Microbiologist on duty 027 2905255 to request
Dr Chris Mansell
Latest laboratory specimen collection information can be found here