Pathology Test FAQs
We are often asked about preparation for blood tests, fasting and blood tests for children. Below is a list of the most common questions.
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If you do not need to fast, it is best to attend a centre after 10am, when they are less busy.
There are some tests such as fasting glucose, which require fasting for 10-16 hours. Fasting should not exceed16 hours.
We recommend you fast overnight. You can drink water, and take any medication you would normally take, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
Unless advised by your doctor, you should take your 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 than16 hours, as prolonged fasting may affect results.
Booking for Glucose Tolerance and Breath tests is recommended, as these take up to 2 hours collection time
For any time critical tests like Cortisols, ring the lab on 9371 4420 for any special requirements prior to collection.
Some special tests need collection at our Osborne Park specialist centre, our collector can advise on bookings for these.
A blood test involves taking blood from a vein in your arm. Our collection staff are highly trained in this, and all our equipment is sterile.
It's vital we ensure all your personal details are correct. All patients must provide a Medicare card as part of the identification process. Our collector is required to show you labeling on the specimens, to confirm all your details.
If you feel uncomfortable, inform the 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.
Some tests may require more than one tube of blood collected. All tubes will be labelled with your name and date of birth. After 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 over the next 24 hours to avoid bruising or bleeding. If you have any concerns, please contact us prior to attending our collection centres.
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.
Our collection staff are highly trained and making you feel at ease is their priority. We encourage you to lie down if you are feeling uncomfortable. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing may also be helpful.
Please inform our staff if you are feeling anxious so that we may assist you any way we can.
No. Clinipath Pathology use single-use sterile equipment when taking blood samples from patients. Our specimen collection staff are highly trained in infection control.
A patient information is available which outlines the criteria surrounding the collection and transport of semen samples. This instruction form and specimen container is available for pick up from you local collection centre, or can be dowloaded here.
Verbal instruction can be provide by calling the main laboratory on 9371 4420.
- Our collection staff confirm your details with you at every visit, to ensure we have all the correct and current information.
- Each sample is carefully labelled after collection.
- A laboratory number is assigned to your form and samples to ensure they are not mixed up. This number is unique and ensures 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.
All our collection staff are extensively trained. They learn to take samples from a wide range of patients, including those with 'difficult' veins.
Our staff only make two attempts at taking your blood. If unsuccessful, you may be requested to return another time. This may seem inconvenient, but it reduces the risk of problems and minimise discomfort for patients.
If you are bringing your child for a blood test, we suggest you call patient services on 9371 4322 and ask for a location near you that has a paediatric collector.
We have over 190 centres located all around WA (link to ACC page), and these are listed on the back of your request form. Many are open on Saturdays.
If you are elderly, infirm or recovering from major surgery, your doctor may request our collectors to visit your home - this is a limited service for patients with a genuine need.
Routine test results are generally available within 2-3 days of collection. However, some testing is more involved and may take longer. Please contact your doctor for your results.