Test Code: 
PCV
Tube Colour: 
Pink / Purple
Department: 
Haematology
Collection Requirements: 
EDTA tube
Reference Range: 
As reported
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Ew
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Haematology
Test Code: 
PPP
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PPP
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
pmol/L
Availability: 
Monthly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Sydney South Western Area Pathology ServiceRoyal Prince Alfred HospitalCentral Specimen ReceptionMissenden RoadCamperdown, NSW 2050tel 02 9515 8279fax 02 9515 7931
Test Code: 
PANFP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Lung Tissue, BAL, broncial washings & other respiratory specimens
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Westmead Hospital Sydney
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
HPVP
Tube Colour: 
Swab-Red Top FLOQSwab
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
HPV, Human Papilloma Virus , Papilloma virus,
Collection Requirements: 
COPAN FLOQSwab (red top) Site: Endocervix, Cervix, Vagina
Reference Range: 
Detected or NOT Detected
Availability: 
Specimens accepted Daily - test performed Weekly.
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Cytology Service (VCS)tel 9250 0300
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Collections Method: If you are taking a Pap Test, collect this first then take a COPAN FLOQSwab. Victorian Cytology Service supply these kits Phone (03) 9250 0300 Website : www.vcs.org.au
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Swabs
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
HPV, Human Papilloma Virus
Collection Requirements: 
Swabs, Tissue
Reference Range: 
Detected or NOT Detected
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
TIS
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Royal Children's Hospital
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
PARA
Tube Colour: 
Light Green
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Acetominophen, Panadol
Collection Requirements: 
4.5 ml Lithium Heparin or 8.5 ml Serum
Reference Range: 
See Report mg/L
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
PTH
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Lavender
Green
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PTH, Intact PTH, Parathryn
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum, 3mL EDTA or 4.5 ml Lithium Heparin
Reference Range: 
1.7 - 10.0 pmol/L
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
PTHRP
Tube Colour: 
Collect Tube From Pathology
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PTHRP
Collection Requirements: 
5 ml EDTA Tras Tube
Reference Range: 
MF <1.3 pmol/L
Availability: 
Unavailable
Requires own tube?: 
No
Reference Laboratory: 
PaLMS (Pacific Lab Medicine Services)Level 5, Main BuildingRoyal North Shore HospitalPacific HighwaySt Leonards, NSW 2065tel 02 9926 6066fax 02 9926 6069
PTHrP is no longer performed by Royal North Shore, NSW. An alternative pathology provider is not available at this time. Please contact the laboratory if further information is required.
Test Code: 
MBF
Tube Colour: 
CSF Sterile Tube Pack
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Parechovirus PCR
Collection Requirements: 
CSF
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
CSF
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
PARVP
Tube Colour: 
Lavender
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Parvovirus PCR
Collection Requirements: 
9 ml EDTA, urine, tissues, amniotic fluid
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
Laboratory Note Test sent out
Test Code: 
PARVS
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: 
Austin Hospital
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
BGPCO2
Tube Colour: 
Blood Gas Syringe
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Arterial or venous collection. Radiometer Blood Gas syringe
Reference Range: 
35 - 45. mmHg
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
PCJPCR
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Pneumocystis jiroveci PCR
Collection Requirements: 
BAL
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
BAL
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Austin Hospital
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
PCJPCR
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Pneumocystis jiroveci PCR
Collection Requirements: 
Bronchial Washing
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
BW
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Austin Hospital
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
PCJPCR
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Pneumocystis jiroveci PCR
Collection Requirements: 
Induced sputum - routine expectorated sputum specimem is unsuitable
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sp
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Reference Laboratory: 
Austin Hospital
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
FL
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
40 ml in STERILE yellow top container. Do not send peritoneal dialysis bag.
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
FL
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: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
PERH
Tube Colour: 
Light Green
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PERH
Collection Requirements: 
4.5 ml Lithium Heparin
Reference Range: 
150-600 ug/L
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Austin PathologyAustin Hospital145 Studley RoadHeidelberg, Vic 3084tel 03 9496 3100fax 03 9496 1674
Test Code: 
Cyto
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal/ 24 Hr plain container
Department: 
Cytology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Min.10 ml Max.2 litres. For optimal results 50ml is required. All bloodstained fluid heparinized at 5 units/ml
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekdays
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Cytology
All effusions are collected in screw capped containers, to avoid spillage during transit and must be heparinized at the rate of 5 units/ml. Fluids should reach the laboratory not later than 1600 hours during the working week as the preparation time is very lengthy. If effusions are tapped at other times they may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours without damage to cellular morphology. Cytological analysis requires at least 10ml of fluid and preferably the maximum volume available - up to 2 litres. Do not discard fluid if cytological analysis is required, send as much as possible to the laboratory. In some cases of a long standing effusion the cytological analysis may yield inconclusive results due to degenerative and inflammatory changes to the cells. In these cases a second tap will often yield far better diagnostic material.
Test Code: 
FL
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid culture/microscopy
Collection Requirements: 
SEE NOTES Min.10 ml Max. 40 mls Peritoneal Fluid
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
FL
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
40 ml in STERILE yellow top container. Do not send peritoneal dialysis bag.
Test Code: 
PSS
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PSS
Collection Requirements: 
Refer to Dynamic Tests in Pathology home page
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
PFA
Tube Colour: 
Light Blue
Department: 
Haematology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Sodium Citrate Tube (** 3.8% tube required)
Reference Range: 
Refer to report
Availability: 
Weekdays
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
C
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Royal Children's HospitalHaematology
Laboratory: 
Haematology
Specimen must be sent to RCH a.s.a.p. Specific collection and specimen handling requirements. Sodium Citrate Tube (** 3.8% tube required)
Test Code: 
BGPH
Tube Colour: 
Blood Gas Syringe
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Arterial or venous collection. Radiometer Blood Gas syringe
Reference Range: 
7.35 - 7.45. no units
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
UPHB
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
UPHB
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (random)
Reference Range: 
no ref int
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
PHENOB
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PHENOB, Phenobarbital
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
10.0-40.0 mg/L
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Melbourne Pathology103 Victoria ParadeCollingwood, Vic 3066tel 03 9287 7700fax 03 9419 1486