Testing FAQs

Generally speaking a patient cannot order testing directly, however, if you feel that a specific test or panel of tests may help you, speak with your GP who will advise you.

Yes. We will perform all testing regardless of your request form. If your health care provider has asked that a particular pathologist conduct the tests, then we will forward your collection to the requested pathologist.

You may be able to. Most test request forms are valid for at least six months, unless your doctor has specified otherwise. However, your pathology testing request form is over six months old, you’ll need to contact your GP for a new request.

Appointments are not required for most tests, however, a small number do require an appointment or are only collected at selected collection centres.

To find a collection centre which performs these collections, please use the collection centre search function and choose the test you require from the menu. If your test is not listed in the menu select ’Standard test’.

Please be aware that our patient collection centres are busiest in the morning when fasting patients often choose to arrive. For a shorter wait time, you may want to arrive after 10am or at lunch time.

Make sure you drink plenty of water prior to your pathology testing - unless your GP has given you a reason not to. This will make it easier for our team member to conduct your blood test.

You’ll need to bring a valid Medicare card and your blood test request form as completed by your doctor. We accept all pathology request forms. You should also have a list of any current medication you’re taking. You’ll need to show photo ID if you’re having tests for the following purposes - immigration, occupational, parentage DNA, insurance or drug screening, court ordered testing.

You can find updated operating hours for all our testing locations here.

Fasting is when you don’t consume any food or drinks, with the exception of water, for a set period of time. This is necessary for certain tests because the nutrients in recently consumed foods and beverages can impact your test results. If you don’t fast or fast for a shorter period, then your test results may be inaccurate.

This will depend on the type of test you’re having. Please consult with your GP before you stop your medication.

Routine blood tests are usually sent to GPs within 48 hours. However more specialised testing can take several days. Speak with your doctor for more details prior to your test. 

We will generally bulk-bill (i.e. no gap payment) all testing covered by Medicare.
This is part of our 'No-Gap' Billing Policy.

However, on rare occasions, payment may be required for the following:

  • Your test is not covered by Medicare
  • The test is very complex and may need specialised external testing
  • You are an inpatient or day stay patient in a private hospital