Do I need to make an appointment for my test?
For most tests an appointment is not required and on arrival at the centre you will be attended to in order. There are a small number of tests that require an appointment and these are listed in specialised test details for each collection centre.
Do I need to fast?
Not all tests require fasting beforehand. However, there are some tests which will require you to fast for 8 - 15 hours, for example cholesterol, lipids, fasting glucose. Fasting should not exceed 15 hours.
We recommend that you fast overnight. You should 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 Melbourne Pathology for advice.
What does "fasting" involve?
If fasting is required, you should not have anything to eat or drink (except water) for 8 - 15 hours before your test (preferably overnight). Unless advised by your doctor, you should continue to 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 15 hours as prolonged fasting may affect your results.
What do I need to bring for my test?
You will need to bring with you to one of our collection centres a Melbourne Pathology request form - which has been signed by your doctor.
Please bring your Medicare card with you.
If you are on a pension or Health Care card, including Veteran's Affairs, please bring these cards with you. This will help us to bill you correctly.
Do I still take my medication?
Your doctor will advise if you are to stop taking your medication. Please check with your doctor if you are unsure.
I need to have 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.
It is vital that we make sure all of your personal details are correct. Our staff will ask for your name, address and date 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 8 - 12 hours?").
See Blood Collection (Venepuncture)
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. Please inform our collection staff if you are feeling nervous or anxious so that we may assist you with the procedure.
More info: www.mps.com.au/patients/faq.aspx
Am I at risk of catching anything by having my blood taken?
No... It is the policy of Melbourne Pathology to utilise single use sterile equipment when taking blood samples from patients. No equipment that could cause infection is reused. Our specimen collection staff are trained in infection control.
I have 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.