Frequently asked questions

 
Yes. QML Pathology will perform all testing regardless of what pathology company your request is from. If your health care provider has asked that a particular pathologist conduct the tests, then we will forward your collection to the requested pathologist.

QML Pathology offers a limited range of self-requested pathology. Visit our FAQs on self-request testing.

Fasting is when you consume no food or drinks, with the exception of water, for a set period of time. Refer to the fasting patient information for further details.
If you have not been advised by your doctor to fast, then fasting prior to your testing is not required.

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.
For children it may help to bring something such as a special toy or book to distract them while the collection occurs.
Further test specific pre-test collection information is provided in our Preparing For Your Test section.

We accept all brands of pathology request forms. You’ll need to bring your pathology request form as completed by your doctor, and a valid Medicare card if you have one. If you have a Veterans Affairs Card, you should bring that. You should also bring 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 testing, parentage DNA, insurance or drug screening, or any court-ordered testing.

Appointments are not required for standard tests.
Some specialty tests do require an appointment and are only performed at select collection centres. To find a collection centre which performs these tests, please use the collection centre search and choose the test you require from the “Any Test” drop down menu. Please contact the collection centre prior to attending to book an appointment time.

You can find operating hours for all our testing locations on our location search page.

Routine pathology is general processed within 48 hours of collection, however, specialised testing can take several days. Speak with your doctor for more details prior to your test.

It is best that you attend a consultation with your doctor to discuss your test results as even “normal” test results may require further medical investigation.
If required, you can request a copy of your pathology results from us by completing the online application form. This service incurs an administration fee that must be paid at time of lodging the request.

Most test request forms are valid for at least 6 months (unless your doctor has specified otherwise). If your pathology testing request form is more than 6 months old, please contact your doctor for a new request.
Usually not, however, this may depend on the type of test you’re having. You should not stop any of your medication unless your doctor has told you to do so. Please bring a list of all your current medications (including dosing) to your collection as you will need to disclose this to the collection staff member.
QML Pathology offers a home specimen collection service for patients who, due to the nature of their medical condition and/or immobility, are unable to attend a patient pathology collection centre. This service can only be requested by your medical practitioner.

Our Holter/ABP/ECG page contains information about how to access these services.

Pathology is the medical specialty concerned with the study of the nature and causes of diseases. It underpins every aspect of medicine, from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to cutting-edge genetic technologies. Pathology testing of patient samples is integral to over 70% of all decisions made in health care.

Pathologists are specialist medical practitioners who study the cause of disease and the ways in which diseases affect our bodies by examining changes in tissue, blood and other body fluids. The doctors you see in a surgery or at a clinic all depend on the knowledge, diagnostic skills and advice of pathologists. Pathologists, scientists, blood collectors and support staff work as part of a medical laboratory team. They work together to collect your specimen, transport your specimen to the medical laboratory, perform testing and interpretation, and report back the medical findings and test results to your doctor to assist with your medical care.

We are one of Australia’s leading specialist medical laboratory and pathology providers offering a full range of diagnostic testing and information services. 

Our medical laboratory testing services include: 

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

 

QML Pathology performs medical tests and analysis that aid your doctor in the diagnosis or detection of diseases, and measure the progress or recovery from a disease. 

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