Urgent and after-hours testing

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Urgent and priority tests during working hours

D Dimer, Troponin T and Frozen Section test requests are rated urgent. Results of these tests should be available within three hours of sample collection.

Priority test requests get priority handling -- from collection to testing and reporting. We provide results by 5pm for samples collected up to 12pm (noon) and on the same day for afternoon collected samples.

This service applies for nine test types:

  • Electrolytes (NaK)
  • Creatinine
  • Glucose
  • Amylase
  • Infant Bilirubin
  • HCG
  • Complete Blood Count
  • APTT/INR/Fibrinogen
  • ESR (in Temporal Arteritis)

If requested, most test results can be communicated by phone or fax.

Laboratory opening hours


Our laboratory operates:

  • Monday to Friday -- 8am - 8pm
  • Saturdays -- until late afternoon
  • Sundays -- until early afternoon
  • on most public holidays -- until early afternoon

Urgent after-hours testing

We offer an out-of-hours testing service through the 24-hour hospital laboratory service.

How to access our out-of-hours laboratory services

To access our out-of-hours laboratory services, phone Aotea Pathology (04 381 5900). When the laboratory is closed, options are given for either:

1. Aotea Pathology results
This option is for results for testing completed at Aotea Pathology. Your call will be diverted to an Aotea Pathology staff member with remote access to these results.

2. Testing services for critical samples
This option is for analysis of critical samples. Your call will be diverted to the duty scientist at the hospital laboratory performing testing.

Communicating with the hospital laboratory

The hospital laboratory scientist will ask for test and contact details and will provide instructions on where to send the sample for testing. The requesting medical practitioner will need to arrange for the samples to be taken and for prompt delivery to the hospital laboratory reception.

Once the hospital laboratory has confirmed testing can proceed, any further communication about the samples or results should be directed to the hospital laboratory.

Aotea Pathology on call

Aotea Pathology's on-call coordinator is available to deal with any problems. Call (04) 381 5900 during normal hours or 027 2577 923 after hours.

Tests offered after hours

The tests available at the hospital laboratory as part of this service are:

Biochemistry

Haematology

Microbiology

Immunology

Electrolytes

Full Blood Count (CBC)

Blood Cultures

HIV "Source Needle
Stick" only

Creatinine

INR/APTT/Fibrinogen

 

 

Neonatal Bilirubin

D-Dimer

 

 

Glucose

Malaria Screen

 

 

Troponin-T

ESR (for Temporal Arteritis
only)

 

 

Calcium (Ca++, PO4-, Albumin)

 

 

 

Magnesium

 

 

 

HCG

 

 

 

Amylase (pancreatic)

 

 

 

Other tests are available only with the authorisation of an Aotea Pathology pathologist. The hospital laboratory duty scientist will provide contact details when authorisation is necessary.