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Specimen Collection Information

Specimen Collection Information

Our best practice tips

How to complete a test request form

Specimen labelling requirements

How to store specimens

Swab identification chart

COVID-19 specimen collection sheet

Phlebotomy order of draw

BD Vacutainer order of drawer

Courier pick-ups

Wellington SCL has its own courier network.  

  • Our couriers visit our collection rooms and main hubs regularly to pick up specimens and get them promptly to our testing laboratory.
  • Our eleven dedicated medical couriers cover, on average, 1,675 km daily around the Greater Wellington region. Every day, they make about 403 pick-ups from referring practices, private hospitals and rest homes.
  • We have controlled environments during transit to ensure specimen integrity is maintained as they travel to the central laboratory.

Urgent sample pick-ups can also be arranged for critical tests.  Call (04) 471 0878

Laboratory after-hours specimen drop box

Wellington SCL now has a drop box for patients delivering samples for the laboratory to Wellington Hospital. Please instruct patients to use this box rather than taking samples into the main hospital. This box is located via the Mein Street entrance to Wellington Hospital – see Map here

Serial visit monitoring

Wellington SCL offers a serial testing service for patients who require ongoing regular testing such as when taking medication that needs regular monitoring.

Fill out a laboratory request form to enrol your patient in our serial test request database. When the request is approved, we will supply your patient with a handy serial test wallet card.

We will carry out the requested test for up to 12 months (or longer, if requested).

For good medical practice: after 6 months Wellington SCL sends you a letter asking for any instructions for ongoing testing. We will supply your patient with a new serial testing card after we get your updated instructions.