Pathology testing

We provide a diagnostic and consulting service across all areas of pathology

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of pathology related services, for details of the pathology services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


When you’re preparing for surgery, your doctor may request some tests

A pathology test can help your doctor to diagnose, treat, manage or prevent a health problem. It may use a sample of your blood, sputum, saliva, urine, semen, faeces or a tissue sample obtained by doing a biopsy.

The sample is sent to a laboratory to be tested and a report is then sent back to your doctor with the results.

For some tests you’ll be asked to fast, alter your diet, stop smoking, drinking or taking certain medications.


Our pathologists

Our consulting pathologists include specialists in all the major sub-disciplines of pathology who perform specialist investigative procedures.

We have pathologists with interests and expertise in all aspects of pathology.

Our pathology services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

We provide a comprehensive range of testing, hardcopy and electronic reporting coupled with expert consultative support.

Services are performed on site or by our pathology partners.

Examples of some of the tests we do include:

  • Blood glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • Infections
  • Cancers
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Blood disorders
  • Liver and thyroid function
  • Iron levels

Common pathology tests completed before surgery

If you’re getting ready for surgery, there are several pathology tests your doctor may request. Depending on the results of the tests, your surgery may be delayed or performed in a different way.

  • A urine test can check if you have a kidney infection, bladder infection or diabetes.
  • A white blood count may be used to help diagnose the cause of a high temperature or infection.
  • A blood glucose test checks whether you may have diabetes
  • A complete blood count checks if you have anaemia. It also checks for infection.
  • An electrolyte test checks the amount of sodium, potassium or other electrolytes in your blood. These chemicals can affect your heart rhythm.
  • A nasal or skin swab may be used to test if you carry a bacterium called ‘methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus’. This bacterium, which often lives harmlessly on skin and mucous membranes, can cause a serious infection if it gets into a surgical wound.

Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering pathology

St Vincent’s Pathology (SydPath) provides specialist 24/7 onsite laboratory and comprehensive diagnostic pathology services.

SydPath’s dedicated team of pathologists, scientists and blood collectors provide onsite testing, hardcopy and electronic reporting and expert consultative support.

Our pathologists
  • We provide a diagnostic and a consultative service covering all disciplines of pathology.
  • We participate in clinical reviews both on and off campus.
  • We perform bone marrow aspiration, fine needle aspiration and frozen sections.
  • We’re actively involved in research projects of our own, as well as in conjunction with the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, The Garvan Institute and local and international collaborators.
  • We provide and support medical education for the Faculty of Medicine of the University of New South Wales.
Specialised services 
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring to individual drug dose in patients via our State Referral Laboratory
  • NSW State HIV State Reference Laboratory
  • Clinical trial management for international and local trials – Stage I and IV
Collection services
SydPath’s pathology collection staff provide:
  • Collection services from 8.00am to 6.00pm located at Suite 507A, St Vincent’s Clinic.
  • Regular ward rounds to inpatients.
  • 24-hour urgent blood collection service.
  • In-home collection service.
  • SydPath operates a network of collection centres throughout Sydney as well as a laboratory and collection facilities in Moree and Narrabri NSW.
Your GP or specialist can refer you to our pathology collection centre.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, pathology services are provided by partner company, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to our pathology collection centre.

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The St Vincent’s pathology collection centre is located at Grey Street Consulting Suites, Suite 1, Ground Floor, 141 Grey Street East Melbourne.

It’s open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to our pathology collection centre.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, pathology services are provided by partner companies. These partner companies include Mater Pathology,  Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology and Queensland Medical Laboratory.

Mater Pathology
Mater Pathology provides an on-site pathology laboratory testing and collection service at our hospital. Please phone 07 3326 3400 for collection centre hours.

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology has a collection centre at our hospital. Please phone 07 3350 4609 for collection centre hours.

Queensland Medical Laboratory
Queensland Medical Laboratory has a collection centre at our hospital. Please phone 04 0297 4768 for collection centre hours.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to the pathology collection centres. 

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Our pathology services are run by Dorevtich Pathology and are located on the Ground Floor at St Vincent’s Private Werribee.

The collection rooms are open from 8.00am-12.00pm and 12.30pm- 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to our pathology collection centre.

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The pathology collection centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 12pm.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to our pathology collection centre.

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Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology provides comprehensive 24-hour specialist pathology services tailored to the needs of the Mater Hospital. The local collection centre is situated in the Mater Clinic.

The on-site laboratory was established in 1991 to serve the needs of the doctors and patients at the Mater. It’s staffed 24 hours a day and performs a comprehensive range of routine and urgent tests.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to our pathology collection centre.

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