Immigration and Fibroscans

Having a FibroScan is one of the most important things you can do to assess the health of your liver. A FibroScan is a simple, painless tool that determines if liver damage (fibrosis or cirrhosis) is present by measuring the degree of stiffness in the liver. The FibroScan assessment usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes and the results of the scan can be given immediately after.

Currently, the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand is unable to provide Fibroscans for immigration purposes. If you require a Fibroscan for Immigration NZ, these can be requested by your GP or private specialist.  Please refer to the centres listed below.  In some cases, you will need to travel. 

Important information: We have been advised by Immigration NZ that you can request an extension on your visa application if they require a Fibroscan or other medical investigations that will take more than two weeks.  

Central:

Wellington Hospital Gastroenterology service – GP or private Specialist to refer through the usual referral pathway.  This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

Northern:

Auckland Hospital – Immigration Fibroscan referrals for all Auckland and Northland DHB’s, GP’s or private Specialists can use their usual e-referral system. This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

Midlands:

Waikato – Please refer directly to Dr Frank Weilert at Tawa Street Clinic, 33 Tawa Street, PO Box 6059, Glenview, Hamilton Ph: 07 843 0017 Fax: 07 843 0018.  This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the clinic.

South Island:

Dunedin Hospital Gastroenterology service – GP or private Specialist to refer through the usual referral pathway.  This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

Christchurch Hospital Gastroenterology service – GP or private Specialist to refer through the usual referral pathway.  This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

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