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.
The types of specimens taken include blood samples, urine or faeces samples and skin scrapings or swabs from, for example, your throat or ear.
Hearing and Vision Team delivers services to pre-schools and schools within the Counties Manukau region.
Our main Laboratory Services is located at Middlemore Hospital (Galbraith Building entrance) and Manukau SuperClinic (Module 2). Our specimen collection service opens Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4pm.
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