Extraction of DNA and dispatch to international laboratories for genomic tests which are not performed at LabPLUS. While every effort has been made to streamline this process there are transport and external laboratory requirements which can be complicated and unavoidable. A collaborative effort between the referring clinician and our laboratory is generally required to facilitate this testing.
Contact Molecular Genetics via:
Lablink ext 22000
Mark Greenslade (Technical Head) ext 22010
Pippa Grainger (Section leader) ext 22014
For reference a Diagnostic Genetics Sendaway List is available; this contains some recommended laboratories and commonly requested tests:
Download: Click here - SDNA spreadsheet 2018.pdf
Download: FORM - Diagnostic Genetics Sendaway Form -June 2019 .docx
Additional forms may be required by the testing laboratory, these are indicated on the testing laboratory website; some are given in the Diagnostic Genetics Sendaway List. Generally clinicians need to complete the clinical information, their own contact details, and confirmation of consent. However completion of the form must meet all the requirements (as specified by the receiving laboratory) for the sample to be dispatched.
Please Note: for billing through ADHB, select institutional billing under the relevant section.
If it is urgent please contact the Molecular Genetics team well in advance of specimen collection (refer to the instructions below). Forms sent separately from the specimen may result in delay and/or incorrect processing.
Name and specialty of referring clinician.
List of all symptoms/phenotypes directly relevant to this suspected diagnosis.
Explanation of family history (where present).
NHI or lab numbers of previously tested family members (if applicable).
Most sendaway tests require a referral from a specialist clinical service.
Hereditary cancer test requests must be referred through a Clinical Genetics Service, as well as any sendaway tests for Marfan syndrome (FBN1), or predictive (asymptomatic) genetic testing.
All referrals must include billing information and contact details prior to dispatch.
Urgent sendaway specimens may be delayed or not processed if contact with the Molecular Genetics laboratory has not been made well in advance of specimen collection.
Note: All urgent requests will incur additional processing and shipping charges
Processing charge: set as twice the standard institutional base charge for DNA sendaway.
Priority courier charges: vary depending on the destination and may change without notification:
Ambient: ~400-1,200 NZD
Frozen: ~650-1,800 NZD
Information required from referring clinician.
Intended specimen collection date.
Communication from the testing laboratory of specimen requirements e.g. source tissue, amount of DNA required, MCC testing.
Confirmation from the testing laboratory that testing can be carried out within the time frame required.
Current shipping address for the testing laboratory and;
Details of a contact person for the assay requested.
If you have any Genetic test enquires please contact Diagnostic Genetics on 22008 or 22014
SEND TO MOLGEN (DNAT)
Room Temperature - PLEASE SEND PRIMARY UNOPENED SAMPLE - DO NOT SPIN - These samples must have a separate number to all other requests - Place specimens in white container labelled Diagnostic Genetics on shelf next to dumbwaiter.