16 Oct 2009

Auckland lab test changes take effect from Monday

11:51 am on 16 October 2009

New arrangements for community laboratory testing in Auckland are to take effect from Monday.

Auckland district health boards have given the former provider of tests, Diagnostic Medlab Limited (DML) 10% of the contract back to ease pressure on the new provider, Labtests. DML begins work on Monday.

Under its new contract, DML gets $10.6 million a year to provide all testing services involving the private sector, covering private hospitals, specialists, fertility treatment, private homes and rest homes.

People wanting to get tests ordered by their family doctor or midwife should go to a collection centre run by Labtests, but those being referred by a specialist should go to DML, the district health boards say.