Test Preparation

What do I bring to a Collection Centre?

  • Pathology test request form completed by your doctor.
  • A list of your current medications and doses.
  • A valid Medicare card to ensure that your Medicare-covered testing can be bulk-billed back to Medicare.
  • Any valid Concession cards, DVA card, Pensioner card or OSHC details if you do not have a Medicare card.

You’ll need to bring photo ID if you’re having tests for one of the following reasons:

  • Immigration
  • Occupational Health
  • Parentage DNA
  • Insurance
  • Drug screening
  • Court ordered

What to do before your test

Your pre-testing instructions will depend on the test you’re having, but the most important thing you’ll need to do is drink plenty of water - unless your GP has given you a reason not to. This will make it easier for our team member to conduct your blood test. In some cases, you may be required to fast before your test. This means you will not be able to eat or drink for a set of period of time. Fasting is necessary for some tests because some foods and drinks can affect your results.

Your doctor will let you know if you’ll need to fast prior to being tested. If your GP hasn’t mentioned this to you, it’s likely that you won’t need to.

A quick guide to fasting

  • Fasting means stopping eating (only drink water).
  • 12 hours is the optimum fasting period, however a window of 8–14 hours is acceptable.
  • You cannot eat food of any kind.
  • You cannot drink anything apart from water. This means no fruit juice, tea, coffee or alcohol (beer, wine or spirits).
  • You should keep taking all medications unless your doctor tells you to stop.
  • If you have diabetes, you should ask your doctor if it is OK to stop eating for the required timeframe.

Tests that may require fasting include: 

  • Glucose levels
  • Lipids levels (cholesterol)

Specific Test Collection Instructions

Need extra details? Take a look at the information PDFs below. Reading the PDF relevant to your test will ensure the specimen you provide us with is in the necessary condition for correct examination and accurate result reporting.

If you need any further assistance with these instructions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local pathology collection centre here.