News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Laboratories in Canterbury Overview

Laboratories in Canterbury Overview

Canterbury laboratory testing services have continued almost uninterrupted following February 22nds Earthquake.

Staff at Canterbury Health Laboratories is the CDHB lab located opposite Christchurch Hospital, have worked tirelessly to restore laboratory testing services, and within an hour immediately following the earthquake the laboratory had received its first sample for testing.

The time line:
1215 Earthquake
1305 First patient bled in ED
1332 Sample arrived in Lab
1344 Sample reported
The statistics
53 minutes total time
39 minutes Turnaround time
12 minutes in lab time

The laboratory is located opposite Christchurch Hospital, and the structure has similar earthquake ‘proofing’ construction as New Zealand Parliament. CHL is one of New Zealand’s largest medical diagnostic laboratories, and acts as a reference laboratory for referrers across New Zealand, able to conduct in excess of 2000 different tests, with an average of 2500 specimens collected and tested daily from across the country.

CHL has been working with Civil Defence to ensure welfare centres and the Australian Triage Hospital, have been well equipped with supplies, and collection of samples, and continue to monitor their needs.

There are no concerns regarding capacity, and CHL is able to process testing from all of Canterbury and the CDHB Hospital sites.

On Tuesday 1st March, CHL processed 23% above normal volumes. Contingency planning between CHL and Medlab South will ensure ability to process 150% above normal volume. This means they can process the entire CDHB laboratory workload, both hospital and community and will have capacity through staffing and equipment to maintain this throughout the CDHB.
Of the three community providers, two have sustained major damage, and are unable to return to their buildings. All three laboratories are now working together to ensure all laboratory testing, particularly in the community continues with little disruption to patients.

CHL are working with Medlab to integrate their staff to work side by side within the CHL premises opposite Christchurch Hospital. The aim of this collaborative effort is to ensure uninterrupted hospital and community testing.
Southern Community Laboratories has arranged for urgent testing to come to CHL, and routine non urgent tests to be conducted from their Dunedin laboratory.

Very few samples were lost and Medlab, with the approval of Civil Defence, managed to retrieve all of their histology specimens. These specimens are undergoing testing and will have their analysis completed by hisopathologists from both CHL and MLS and reported to GPs before end of the week.

All hospital blood collection facilities are open for community patients needing a blood test. Information for the public regarding other open collection facilities is available from www.bloodtest.co.nz www.medlabsouth.co.nz www.sclabs.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news