Changes to molecular hepatitis send-away testing

From mid-April this year, we will refer test requests for molecular hepatitis tests to the Capital & Coast DHB laboratory at Wellington Hospital.

We believe this is beneficial for you, as results will be issued electronically in HL7 format, and the external testing laboratory will be noted in the issued result.

The external testing laboratory will be noted in the issued result. Information such as specimen collection requirements and turnaround time can be found in the Pathology Test Guide on our website.

There will be some changes to the test request protocols, particularly for Hepatitis C testing, as the Capital & Coast DHB laboratory will not do the semi-quantitative Hepatitis C PCR. It will instead report a quantitative Hepatitis C viral load result.

The hepatitis send-away tests include:

  • Hepatitis C Viral Load
  • Hepatitis C Genotype
  • Hepatitis B DNA (also known as Hepatitis B Viral Load, Hepatitis B PCR)
  • Hepatitis D (Murex serological test).

Further information

For further information on using hepatitis testing for diagnosis and treatment monitoring, please see the article by Dr Tim Blackmore in the upcoming Aotea Clinical Update.