Test Code: 
RUBG
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
RUBM
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Rubella Serology
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
If an acute infection is being investigated consult Medical Microbiologist.
Test Code: 
RUBP
Tube Colour: 
Lavender
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
9 ml EDTA
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
EwL
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
RUBP
Tube Colour: 
Lavender
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
9 ml EDTA
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
EwL
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
RUBP
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Nose/ Throat swab collected in Copan E-swab (liquid Amies) pink lid
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Copan Eswab liquid Amies
Copan Eswab VTM
Yellow Top Universal Container
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Coronavirus, SARS, Severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS-1
Collection Requirements: 
Nasopharyngeal swab, Nasopharyngeal aspirate, Nasal swab, Throat swab, Sputum, Tracheal aspirate, Bronchial washing, BAL
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Sun)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
COVPCR
Tube Colour: 
Copan E-swab - Liquid Amies (pink Lid)
Copan Eswab VTM
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Coronavirus, Novel coronavirus, Wuhan coronavirus, Coronavirus 2019, Coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, Severe acute respiratory syndrome 2, SARS-2
Collection Requirements: 
Nasopharyngeal swab, Nasopharyngeal aspirate, Nasal swab, Throat swab, Sputum, Tracheal aspirate, Bronchial washing, BAL
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Sun)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
SW, SP, TA, BAL, BW
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
SCHIST
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
COVPCR
Tube Colour: 
Copan Eswab liquid Amies
Copan Eswab VTM
Yellow Top Universal Container
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Coronavirus, HKU1, NL63, 229E, OC34
Collection Requirements: 
Nasopharyngeal swab, Nasopharyngeal aspirate, Nasal swab, Throat swab, Sputum, Tracheal aspirate, Bronchial washing, BAL
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Sun)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
SW, SP, TA, BAL, BW
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
PVAS
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Post Vasectomy Semen analysis
Collection Requirements: 
Semen specimen collected by masturbation and delivered to Andrology Unit, Royal Women's Hospital within 4 hours of collection. Sample to be maintained at body temperature.
Reference Range: 
Nil Sperm
Availability: 
Mon - Fri, 9.00am - 1.00pm
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Semen
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Andrology UnitRoyal Women's Hospital321 Cardigan StreetCarlton
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Please refer to this page for details on this test. NOTE This test is not performed by Melbourne Health Pathology Service. It is preferrable that patients attend the Andrology Unit, Royal Women's Hospital, 321 Cardigan St Carlton
Test Code: 
SEROH
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Store antibody testing
Collection Requirements: 
*Fully filled* Gold top tube required - this needs to be a separate tube collected in addition to requirements for other pathology requests
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Serum stored for possible future serology antibody testing.
Test Code: 
SEROST
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Store antibody testing staff
Collection Requirements: 
*Fully filled* Gold top tube required - this needs to be a separate tube collected in addition to requirements for other pathology requests
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Staff serum stored for possible future serology antibody testing.
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Sterile Black Top Tube
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Lesion swab or CSF
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Contact laboratory before sending specimen.
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
SW
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Wound Swab culture/microscopy
Collection Requirements: 
Amies swab -Gel (blue lid) OR Copan e-swab - liquid Amies (pink lid)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
For skin & soft tissue infections: A clinically non-infected wound does not require MCS. A tissue or aspirate specimen is preferable to a superficial swab. Debride or clean the wound prior to collecting swab to avoid transient colonizing bacteria.
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Vesicular fluid / swab
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
On Request
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Serology
Assay detects "old world" pox viruses including variola (small pox), vaccinia, monkey pox, cowpox, buffalo pox and camel pox. Requests must be discussed in advance with the laboratory.
Test Code: 
SPF
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Sputum in sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Sp
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
SP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Sputum in sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Sp
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
UROG
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Amies swab -Gel (blue lid) OR Copan e-swab - liquid Amies (pink lid)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
For Chlamydia / Gonorrhoea PCR please refer to the listing here.
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
STREP
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
ASOT
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Children's Westmead Hospital - Sydney
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
ASOT is done at Royal Children's Hospital. Anti-DNASE B is done at Westmead ICPMR.
Test Code: 
SPAGC
Tube Colour: 
CSF Sterile Tube Pack
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen
Collection Requirements: 
CSF
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
CSF
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
SPAG
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Urine
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
U
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
SPNEP
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Microbiology Diagnostic Unit (MDU)University Of Melbourne
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
STRONG
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Strongyloidis Serology
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology