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Pathology

Onsite Pathology Collection / Drop Off

Has your Doctor referred you for further testing? Get your test(s) collected at our onsite collection centre or drop your samples in our dedicated drop off box.

Some of our medical laboratory testing services include:

  • blood tests such as cholesterol
  • body fluid testing
  • tissue pathology such as skin cancer analysis
  • cytology such as Pap smears
  • health screening and monitoring tests
  • drug screening and testing
  • gene-based testing (genetic testing)

Specialist Pathology Services


NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING (Percept™)

4Cyte Pathology offer collection services for non invasive prenatal testing. Percept™ is Australia’s most advanced non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT). This test identifies pregnancies at ‘high risk’ of the common trisomies 21 (Down syndrome), 18 (Edwards syndrome) and 13 (Patau syndrome), and conditions caused by too many or too few of the sex chromosomes (X and Y).

For more information consult your Doctor.


GENETIC CARRIER SCREENING (Prepair™)

4Cyte Pathology offer collection services for genetic carrier screening. Prepair™ by the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is a genetic carrier screen offered to individuals and couples who are considering or are in early pregnancy.

For more information consult your Doctor.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How do I get a blood test?
  • What does a fasting blood test involve?
  • Can I take my medication before my blood test?
  • How long does it take to get a result?
  • Will I get a bill for my tests?
  • Can I have a copy of my own results?
  • Can I use a form from another pathology provider such as Melbourne Pathology or Dorevich?
  • Do I have to fast?
  • How do I store my stool or urine sample overnight?
  • What happens with my sample after the collection?
How do I get a blood test?

To get a blood test you need to:

  1. See a doctor to get a request form
  2. Come to our collection centre to have your sample taken
  3. Return to your doctor to get your results
What does a fasting blood test involve?
  • A fasting blood test is a test where the results can be heavily impacted by your diet.
    If your doctor asks you to fast for a test it means they want to know about your results on an empty stomach.
  • This means you are not allowed to eat or drink anything except for water for 8-12 hours before your test.
  • If your test, your Dr, or your form says N.B.M or Nil By Mouth, then your fasting instructions will be different. There may be restrictions on your food, water, medication, brushing teeth, smoking and more.
  • Please consult your doctor if you are unsure.
Can I take my medication before my blood test?

Generally speaking you can continue to take your medication as per usual leading up to your tests, however some tests do require that you withhold medication.

Usually tests that require the medication to be withheld will be testing that medication itself.

If you are not sure what to do with regard to your medication, you should seek advice from your Doctor.

How long does it take to get a result?

Turn around times vary depending on the tests requested and the testing procedures, but the information below can be used as a general guide:

  • Most blood test results will be available the same day the blood is taken.
  • Tests for bacterial culture and some viral tests may take 2-3 days to process.
  • Tests for fungal culture and some serologies can take 4-8 weeks due to the slow growing nature of the organisms.
Will I get a bill for my tests?

4Cyte is a bulk billing pathology company – so it is very unlikely that you will get a bill.
If you are having a test that medicare or your health fund do not cover, you will be notified before the test is collected, so there will never be a surprise bill.

Can I have a copy of my own results?

You are entitled to get a copy of your results. In order to protect your privacy, we don’t release results to patients over the phone, but if you want a copy of your result you can ask your doctor to add your name in the “Copy To” section on your request form.

If your blood has already been collected, you can still obtain your results by requesting a copy in writing with your signature on the request. As a measure of privacy protection for you, your results will only be sent to your address as it is listed on the request form, and only if the signature on your letter matches your signature on your request form.

Can I use a form from another pathology provider such as Melbourne Pathology or Dorevich?

Yes. It is entirely your choice as a patient to go to any pathology collection centre you choose. You can bring any request form to our collection centre and our helpful team will take care of the rest.

Do I have to fast?

It depends on which test you are having. If you are unsure, it is best to ask your doctor.

How do I store my stool or urine sample overnight?

Your stool sample can be stored overnight if necessary. If you are doing this, it is important to ensure that:

  • Screw the lid on tightly.
  • Place the sample jar in a sealed bag.
  • Place the sealed bag inside the specimen bag.
  • Keep the whole package refrigerated.
What happens with my sample after the collection?

After your sample is collected it will be picked up by one of our couriers and brought back to the lab for processing.

Once the tests are complete your sample will be stored in our lab for approximately 7 days from the date of collection incase your doctor asks for any more tests to be done on it.
Once the storage time has elapsed or your sample has expired it will be destroyed and discarded.


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