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Blood tests & laboratory information

In Canterbury, laboratory testing is carried out by Canterbury SCL in the community and Canterbury Health Laboratories at Christchurch Hospital.

See Collection centres for details of the locations and opening hours of their collection centres.






Specific tests and instructions for collecting samples


Blood body fluid exposure

Children's blood tests

Cxbladder triage test

Early morning urine collection

Faeces collection

Faecal occult blood (FOB) test

Fasting tests

Fine needle aspiration (FNA)




Glucose tolerance test

Mid-stream urine collection (MSU)

MRSA swabs

Paediatric (baby's) urine collection

Screen for diabetes in pregnancy

Seminal fluid (sperm) collection for fertility

Seminal fluid (sperm) collection post-vasectomy




Sputum collection for culture

Sputum collection for cytology

24-hour urine collection

24-hour urine collection for 5-HIAA

24-hour urine collection with acid preservative

Urine collection for cytology


Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated May 2016.

See also:

Understanding test results

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