Due to the recent cyber-attack on Waikato DHB, samples for mycobacterial culture should be restricted to urgent requests only, until further notice.
Mycobacterial culture for Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Waikato DHBs is performed in the purpose-built PC3 containment laboratory at Waikato Hospital.
The recent cyber-attack on Waikato DHB has slowed down the registration, processing and reporting of samples and there is now a backlog.
Waikato DHB asks that only urgent requests for mycobacterial culture be sent to the laboratory.
Mycobacterial culture on samples from patients with low grade symptoms who are clinically stable, or who are routinely being followed up for atypical mycobacterial infection or bronchiectasis, should be deferred for a few weeks where possible.
If you are unsure whether a sample can be delayed for mycobacterial culture, please contact one of the clinical microbiologists at Pathlab or Waikato Hospital.
A further clinical update will be released when the mycobacterial culture service is back to normal.