Urgent Samples & Extra Tests
When a result is needed for treatment of a patient within a minimal time period, the requesting medical practitioner must indicate clearly on the request form which tests are urgent, or telephone 6166 0150 .
Requests for Additional Tests
All extra tests on a sample already dispatched to Pathology require a signed request form to be faxed (03 6173 0431) or delivered to the Pathology department.
The following information will be required:
- Patient name
- Requesting Doctor
- Date of specimen
- Test(s) to be added
If there is sufficient suitable sample (see ‘Retention of Specimens’ below), the extra tests can be accommodated, otherwise a fresh specimen will be required.
NOTE: Testing for HIV on a previously received sample will require signed patient consent on the new form.
Retention of Specimens
|Dissected biopsy specimens||4 weeks|
|Processed tissue from biopsies||Indefinitely|
|Some non-routine endocrinology samples||4 weeks|
|Transfusion samples||4 weeks|
|Viral serology specimens||12 months|