Canterbury Health Laboratories is the largest medical laboratory in the South Island operating from modern well equipped facilities opposite Christchurch Hospital. It also staffs and maintains a smaller laboratory Ashburton Hospital and blood test collection facilities at Burwood and The Princess Margaret Hospitals.

Owned by the CDHB, Canterbury Health Laboratories is your only New Zealand owned and operated laboratory in Canterbury, and has the expertise of phlebotomists (blood takers) who work within Christchurch’s hospitals.

While community laboratories are only contracted to perform about 180 different procedures, Canterbury Health Laboratories has the technology and staff expertise to enable it to have a testing repertoire encompassing over 2000 different tests. Every laboratory discipline is represented in Canterbury Health Laboratories and annual testing exceeds 3.5 million analyses.

In order to meet the requirements of Canterbury’s Hospital and primary care clinicians the laboratory maintains a 24 hour service for routinely requested tests - for collection centre hours, please click here. Specialist staff are available on call should a more complex analysis be required.

The more complex tests are always referred to CHLabs, regardless of collection venue or request form used. As a publically New Zealand owned and operated laboratory, focus is on reinvesting into healthcare to improve patient outcomes.


WHO National Measles Laboratory

Providing reference testing on Measles samples identified in New Zealand.

PC3 Laboratory

CHL are currently constructing New Zealand’s only medical diagnostic PC3 compliant laboratory to assist in the diagnosis of new organisims and pandemic outbreaks.

Acute Demand Rapid Transport

CHL conduct all the testing for this health pathway to ensure timely admission to Christchurch Hospital outpatients where necessary, improving patient care outcomes.

Antenatal screening

For Down syndrome and other conditions CHL, jointly with LabPlus in Auckland, is responsible for the blood sample testing for this National Screening Unit Contract.

National Cervical Screening Programme

CHL are the only laboratory in Canterbury to offer SurePath Liquid Based Cytology testing that is performed within Canterbury.


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