What do I need to bring for my test?
Please bring your Capital Pathology request form and your Medicare card with you.
If you have a pension card, health care card or a veteran's affairs card, please show these to your collector. This will enable us to bill you correctly.
Do I need to fast?
Not all tests require fasting beforehand. However, there are some tests which will require you to fast for 8 - 12 hours, for example, cholesterol, lipids, fasting glucose. Fasting should not exceed 12 hours. For these tests, we recommend that you fast overnight.
Do I 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.
Some tests require your medication to be withheld until after specimen collection. Please contact your collection centre for specific collection requirements.
I 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. We ensure all of our equipment is sterile.
I am nervous about having my blood taken - is it really necessary?
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.
Am I at risk of catching anything by having my blood taken?
No. It is the policy of Capital Pathology to utilise single-use sterile equipment when taking blood samples from patients. Our specimen collection staff are trained in infection control.