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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.
This service applies for nine tests:
- Electrolytes (NaK)
- Infant Bilirubin
- Complete Blood Count
- 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 Wellington SCL (04 381 5900). When the laboratory is closed, options are given for either:
1. Wellington SCL results
This option is for results for testing completed at Wellington SCL. Your call will be diverted to an Wellington SCL 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.
Wellington SCL on call
Wellington SCL’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:
|Electrolytes||Full Blood Count (CBC)||Blood Cultures||HIV “Source Needle|
|Troponin-T||ESR (for Temporal Arteritis|
|Calcium (Ca++, PO4-, Albumin)|
Other tests are available only with the authorisation of an Wellington SCL pathologist. The hospital laboratory duty scientist will provide contact details when authorisation is necessary.