At Clinipath Pathology we understand
that having blood or other specimens collected can
cause anxiety in some patients.
If you feel anxious about any aspect
of testing please feel free to call the laboratory on 9371 4440 or
discuss your concerns with your specimen collector.
do I need to bring for my test?
Do I need to fast?
What does 'fasting' involve?
Do I still take my medications?
I need to have a blood test - what does this
I am nervous about having my blood taken - is it
Am I at risk of catching anything by having my blood
I have to give a urine/sputum/stool test - how do I do
How do I know that my samples will not be mixed up in
I have very difficult veins. How can I be sure your
collectors can get the sample?
I have recently had major surgery and cannot get to
a collection centre. How can I get my test done?
When will my results be ready?
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY
You will need to bring with you to one of our collection
centres a Clinipath Pathology Request Form - which has been signed
by your doctor.
If you are on a pension or Health Care card, you should bring your
Medicare card with you. You will also need to show your Health Care
or Veteran's Affairs card. This will enable us to bill you
I NEED TO FAST?
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.
Your doctor will inform you of any
tests that require fasting or you may contact Clinipath Pathology
DOES "FASTING" INVOLVE?
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.
STILL TAKE MY MEDICATIONS?
Your doctor will advise if you are to stop taking your medication.
Please check with your doctor if you are unsure.
NEED TO HAVE A BLOOD TEST- WHAT DOES THIS INVOLVE?
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. Once your details have been confirmed, the specimen
collector will examine your arm to find a suitable vein.
If you feel uncomfortable, please
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.
It is important that you avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise
in the following 24 hours to avoid bruising or bleeding. If you
have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact us
prior to attending one of our collection centres.
NERVOUS ABOUT HAVING MY BLOOD TAKEN - IS IT REALLY
Our collection staff are extensively trained and will endeavour to
make you feel at ease. We encourage you to lie down for the
procedure if you are feeling uncomfortable. Relaxation techniques
such as deep breathing may also prove helpful. Please inform our
collection staff if you are feeling nervous or anxious so that we
may assist you with the procedure.
Your doctor has requested the pathology tests to be carried out.
If you are concerned about the necessity of these tests, we
encourage you to discuss this with your doctor.
AM I AT
RISK OF CATCHING ANYTHING BY HAVING MY BLOOD TAKEN?
No. It is the policy of Clinipath Pathology to utilise single use
sterile equipment when taking blood samples from patients. No
equipment is reused. Our specimen collection staff are trained in
TO GIVE A URINE/ SPUTUM/STOOL TEST - HOW DO I DO THIS?
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.
See also - Pre-Testing
HOW DO I
KNOW THAT MY SAMPLES WILL NOT BE MIXED UP IN THE
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.
VERY DIFFICULT VEINS. HOW CAN I BE SURE YOUR COLLECTORS CAN GET THE
All of our collection staff are extensively trained. They learn
how to take samples from a comprehensive range of patients,
including those with 'difficult' veins.
Our collection staff are advised to only have two attempts at
taking your blood. You may be requested to return at a later time
if we are unsuccessful. Although this may seem inconvenient, it
aims to reduce the risk of any problems and minimise discomfort for
Some of our staff are specially trained to collect samples from
small children under six years of age. If you are bringing your
child along for a blood test, we would suggest that you contact us
to enquire if an appropriately experienced collector will be
available at the centre you are intending to visit.
RECENTLY HAD MAJOR SURGERY AND CANNOT GET TO A COLLECTION ROOM. HOW
CAN I GET MY TEST DONE?
To ensure the highest level of patient care, we encourage all
patients to visit their closest collection centre. These are
located around the Perth area and are listed on the back of the
Your doctor may request that our domiciliary collectors visit your
home - this is a limited service for those patients with a genuine
WILL MY RESULTS BE READY?
Routine test results are generally available within 2-3 days of
collection. However, some testing is more involved and may take