Testing FAQs

Ordering your own tests isn’t possible. However, if you feel that a specific test or panel of tests may help you, speak with your GP who will be able to advise you.

Yes. We will perform all testing regardless of your request form. If your health care provider has asked that a particular pathologist conduct the tests, then we will forward your collection to the requested pathologist.

You may be able to. Most test request forms are valid for at least six months, unless your doctor has specified otherwise. However, if your pathology testing request form is over twelve months old, you’ll need to contact your GP for a new request.

Appointments are not required for most tests, however, a small number do require an appointment. These include blood pressure monitor and holter monitor fittings or tests that are only collected at selected collection centres.

Please be aware that our collection centres are busiest in the morning when fasting patients often choose to arrive. For a shorter wait time, you may want to arrive after 10am.

Make sure you drink plenty of water prior to your pathology testing - unless your GP has given you a reason not to. This will make it easier for our team member to conduct your blood test.

You’ll need to bring a valid Medicare card and any valid Concession cards, DVA card, Pensioner card or OSHC details if you do not have a Medicare card. Your blood test request form as completed by your doctor. We accept all pathology request forms. You should also have a list of any current medication you’re taking. You’ll need to show photo ID if you’re having tests for the following purposes - immigration, occupational, parentage DNA, insurance or drug screening, court ordered testing.

You can view all of our collection centre operating hours through our search tool here. Opening hours start from 7am to 8pm depending on location.

Fasting is when you don’t consume any food or drinks, with the exception of water for 8-14 hours. This is necessary for certain tests because the nutrients in recently consumed foods and beverages can impact your test results. If you don’t fast or fast for a shorter/longer period, then your test results may be inaccurate.

This will depend on the type of test you’re having. Please consult with your GP before you stop your medication.

Routine blood tests are usually sent to GPs within 48 hours. However more specialised testing can take several days. Speak with your doctor for more details prior to your test.

Dorevitch Pathology aim to limit pathology costs to the patient as much as possible, whilst ensuring the provision of a high quality comprehensive service. Billing Fees are covered under three main categories:

  • Private Patient Billing
  • Direct Billing to Medicare
  • Third Party Billing

Medicare provides a rebate to many of the pathology tests performed and most health insurers will cover costs if you are a private hospital inpatient. Dorevitch Pathology has agreements with the majority of the private health insurers. 

Please ensure you are familiar with our billing policies before undertaking any tests with Dorevitch Pathology. To view our policies, click here