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From 1 November 2015, Wellington SCL provides all hospital and community lab services for Hutt Valley DHB and Wairarapa DHB. For information about the lab service and collection centre locations, visit Wellington SCL’s website.

Managing the transition to an integrated lab service

Updated: 22 July

Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa will integrate their laboratory services from 1 November 2015.

Four groups have an active role to manage the transition to the new service.

A Transition Programme team has been set up to co-ordinate a smooth transition and to minimise any impacts to patients, and health professionals. In addition, extensive governance arrangements are in place to provide guidance and oversight.

Transition Programme

This team has been set up to plan and manage the day-to-day transition and make sure that continuity of the laboratory service is maintained. Transition planning and activity considers clinical perspectives and lessons learned from other laboratory integrations in New Zealand.

Integrated Laboratory Transition Committee

This committee has operational oversight of the transition, monitors delivery and budget, and reviews communications. It meets fortnightly.

It is made up of representatives from the three DHBs, primary care health providers, Ministry of Health, and Wellington SCL – providers of the integrated laboratory service from 1 November 2015.

Members

  • Chair: Debbie Chin – Chief Executive, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Dr Tony Becker – Wairarapa GP
  • Carolyn Cooper – Chief Operating Officer, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs
  • Chris Davey – General Manager, Wellington SCL
  • Catherine Epps – Allied Health, Scientific and Technical, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Warrick Frater – Interim Chief Executive, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs
  • Gina Lomax – Executive Director Operations (Clinical & Support Services), Capital & Coast DHB
  • Chris Lowry – Chief Operating Officer, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Sarah Prentice – National Health Board (an independent body that advises the Minister of Health)
  • Dr Geoff Robinson – Chief Medical Officer, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Dr John Tait – Clinical Director (Clinical & Support Services), Capital & Coast DHB
  • Dr Swee Tan – Senior Medical Officer (Plastics), Hutt Valley DHB

Integrated Laboratory Governance Group

Comprising of representatives from the three DHBs, the Ministry of Health, and National Health Board, the group meets fortnightly to provide high level oversight and guidance on major transition activity.

Members

  • Chair: Dr Bev O’Keefe – Wairarapa GP
  • Dr Peter Gootjes – Chief Executive, SCL group
  • Wayne Guppy – Deputy Chair, Hutt Valley DHB
  • John Hazeldine – National Health Board (an independent body that advises the Minister of Health)
  • Virginia Hope – Chair, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs
  • Derek Milne – Chair, Wairarapa DHB
  • Dr John Tait – Clinical Director (Clinical & Support Services), Capital & Coast DHB
  • Dr Margaret Wilsher – Chief Medical Officer, Auckland DHB

Clinical Reference Group

This group advises the Transition Committee on clinical issues and communication activity. It meets fortnightly and is made up of representatives from hospital and community referrers, primary health organisations (PHOs), and midwifery groups.

Members

  • Chair: Dr Geoff Robinson – Chief Medical Officer, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Lyn Allen – primary health organisation (PHO) representative
  • Dr Rachel Barber – pathologist, Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs
  • Carolyn Coles – Associate Director of Midwifery, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Dr Justin Barry-Walsh – Medical Reference Group, Capital & Coast DHB
  • Dr Peter Gootjes – Chief Executive, SCL group
  • Dr Stuart Johnson – pathologist, Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs
  • Dr Lynn McBain – Wellington GP
  • Dr Hans Snoek – Hutt Valley GP
  • Gordon Strachan – consumer representative and current member of Compass Health Community Council
  • Dr Andrew Stapleton – Clinical Head of Department (Intensive Care Unit), Hutt Valley DHB
  • Dr Andrew Tie – pathologist, Aotea Pathology

  • 3DHBs Laboratory Services

    • Fact sheet for patients - July 2015 163 KB

      This two-page fact sheet is an easy-to-read overview of the integrated laboratory service that will be implemented in Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Capital & Coast DHBs from 1 November 2015.

  • Waiting room posters – information for patients

    • Hutt Valley Waiting Room Poster 222 KB

      Download this poster for your district.

      These A4 posters give patients a heads up on the upcoming changes to the lab service in Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Wellington. GP practices, medical centres, and collection centres are welcome to download the poster for their district – either in colour or black/white – and display in their patient waiting rooms.

    • Wairarapa Waiting Room Poster 229 KB

      Download this poster for your district.

      These A4 posters give patients a heads up on the upcoming changes to the lab service in Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Wellington. GP practices, medical centres, and collection centres are welcome to download the poster for their district – either in colour or black/white – and display in their patient waiting rooms.