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Waitematā DHB Laboratory Services

Public Service, Laboratory Tests


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


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 help the doctor in diagnosing your problem 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's collection sites to have your specimen collected.  Laboratory staff at either North Shore or Waitakere Hospitals are able to collect samples in the Outpatients' Department, on the day of your outpatient appointment only, for testing at the DHB's laboratories or for referral to specialist centres. 
All other Laboratory testing requested in the community, must be taken at a LabTests collection centre. The types of specimens taken include blood samples, urine or faeces samples and skin scrapings or swabs from, for example, your throat or ear. 



8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The laboratories at both North Shore Hospital and Waitakere Hospital operate a 24 hour service every day of the year, however, services are reduced at weekends and on public holidays.

The exception to this is the Phlebotomy Service which is open for outpatients between 0800-1700hrs Mon-Fri only. There is no Phlebotomy service for outpatients during the weekend or public holidays

Procedures / Treatments

  • Haematology Tests

    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

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This page was last updated at 4:04PM on December 16, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Laboratory Services.