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Sometimes when you visit your GP, specialist, midwife or other healthcare professional, they will want you to have some tests. These tests may be needed to check that the doctor’s diagnosis of your problem is correct or to check that you don’t have certain serious conditions.
Sometimes the doctor or nurse will take a specimen (or sample) from you and send it to the laboratory for testing, but in other cases you will be referred to the laboratory to have your specimen collected.
The types of specimens taken include blood samples, urine or faeces samples and skin scrapings or swabs from, for example, your throat or ear. 

Services

  • Blood Tests (Haematology)

    Blood contains many different chemicals and particles which may be tested.… More

  • Biochemistry Tests

    This group of tests includes: liver, kidney and thyroid function tests; diabetes tests and lipid (fats), electrolyte (potassium, sodium, chloride), hormone and drug level tests.… More

  • Microbiology Tests

    Some microorganisms (germs), generally bacteria and yeasts, live in and on the body normally.… More

  • Fertility, Pregnancy and Natal Tests

    Semen Samples
    Examination of a semen sample will give a doctor information on how fertile you are or how successful a vasectomy has been.… More

  • Immunology

    Your immune system is part of your body’s defence system and plays an important role in keeping up your body’s resistance to disease-causing organisms.… More

  • Histology

    Sometimes it is necessary to take a small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope in order to diagnose an illness.… More

  • Cytology

    Examination of tissue samples for cancer cells or cells that may turn into cancer cells is called cytology.… More

Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital

Northland

Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road
Whangarei

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Whangarei Hospital
2 Hospital Road
Whangarei

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Whangarei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 3:19PM on November 7, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Laboratory Investigation Information.