After your doctor has written you a request form, there are a number of questions you may have regarding your tests. Here is a list of our most commonly asked questions.
Only certain tests require a booking, all which can be found in the booking platform. Routine tests do not require a booking so no appointment is necessary.
Book one of the tests and notify the collector on arrival that you require 2 booked tests to be done. Please note if you have a cardiac test on your request (i.e. ECG/Holter/ABPM) please make sure you make the booking for this test as these tests can take up to half an hour
You will need to bring with you, to one of our collection centres, a Laboratories Request Form that has been signed by your doctor. We accept request forms from Clinpath and other providers.
If you have a pension, Health Care or Veterans Affairs card, please bring it along with your Medicare card. This will enable us to bill you correctly.
Not all tests require fasting beforehand. However, there are some tests which will require you to fast for 10 – 16 hours, for example cholesterol, lipids, fasting glucose. Fasting should not exceed 16 hours. For these tests we recommend that you fast overnight. You can drink water during this time and take any medication you would normally take, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
If fasting is required, you should not have anything to eat or drink for 10 – 16 hours before your test. You may drink water only. Unless advised by your doctor you should take all regular medication.
If you are diabetic or have any concerns, please contact your doctor before fasting.
Please notify us if you have fasted for longer than 12 hours as prolonged fasting may affect your results.
Your doctor will advise if you are to stop taking your medication. Please check with your doctor if you are unsure.
A blood test involves taking blood from a vein in your arm. Our specimen collection staff are extensively trained in this skill. All of our equipment is sterile. It is vital that we make sure all of your personal details are correct. Our staff will ask for your name and date of birth and they will also check your contact details, the doctor’s details and other questions that are specific to the testing (for example “Have you fasted for 10 – 12 hours?”). Please let our staff know if you are on a pension or Health Care card.
It is important that we obtain all of this information on each occasion, even if you are a regular patient, to ensure that we have the correct information on our records. It is helpful if you can let us know if you have moved. This will assist us to maintain one consistent record on each patient.
Once your details have been confirmed, the specimen collector will examine your arm to find a suitable vein. If you feel uncomfortable, please do not hesitate to inform our collector. You may prefer to lie down if you are feeling faint or nervous. Once a suitable vein is found, the collector will cleanse the skin with an alcohol swab and then insert a sterile needle into your vein to obtain the sample.
Different tubes are required for different types of tests, so there may be more than one tube of blood collected. All tubes will be labelled with your name and date of birth. After the blood has been drawn and the needle has been removed, pressure should be applied to the site to minimise bleeding. A cotton wool ball and/or bandaid will be applied. If you are aware of any allergic reactions to alcohol swabs or tapes please let our collector know and we will find an alternative.
It is important that you avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise in the following 24 hours to avoid bruising or bleeding.
No, at Clinpath Laboratories to utilise single use sterile equipment when taking blood samples from patients. No equipment is reused. Our specimen collection staff are trained in infection control.
As tests vary, the collectors will give you written instructions on how to collect the sample. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our collection staff will confirm your details with you at every visit. This is to ensure we have all the correct information. Each sample is carefully labelled after collection. A laboratory number is given to your request form and samples to ensure they are not mixed up. This number is unique and assists to ensure that the correct tests are performed on each sample. We have other checks in place throughout the testing procedure to ensure the testing is performed at the highest possible standard.
This is a booked test and is only offered at certain sites to ensure you have access to suitably trained and qualified staff. We appreciate this can be a traumatic experience for a child so we only offer this service at limited sites.
Routine test results are generally available within 2 to 3 days of collection. However, some test are more involved and may take longer. To assist you in organising an appointment with your doctor, we encourage you to ask your doctor when the results will be available.