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: 
ASM
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Anti-Smooth Muscle antibodies (ASMA)
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Negative
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Immunology
Test Code: 
NA
Tube Colour: 
Light Green
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
NA
Collection Requirements: 
4.5 ml Lithium Heparin or 8.5 ml Serum
Reference Range: 
See Report mmol/L
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
U24NA
Tube Colour: 
Urine (24 Hr Plain)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
U24NA
Collection Requirements: 
Urine (24 Hr plain)
Reference Range: 
40 - 220 mmol/D
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
UNA
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
UNA
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (random)
Reference Range: 
no Ref int mmol/L
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
STR
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
STR
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
See Report mg/L
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Alfred Pathology Services55 Commercial RoadPrahan 3181tel 03 9076 3888
Test Code: 
RAST
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
RAST
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
Cyto
Tube Colour: 
Yelllow Top Universal
Department: 
Cytology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
3 consecutive early morning spontaneous deep cough specimens (taken on 3 separate days) a sterile container (see notes)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekdays
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Cytology
Minimum 3 deeply coughed specimens. To be collected on separate days, but if the patient is producing copious sputum, the specimens can all be collected on the same day. Each specimen should reach the laboratory on the date of collection, however, outpatients who are unable to attend the clinic on three separate occasions can collect and refrigerate specimens for one day only, e.g. a patient may take home 3 sterile specimen containers for the weekend and produce two specimens on Sunday, which are refrigerated, ane one on Monday morning before attending the clinic. The specimens are to be collected before meals and before cleaning the teeth with toothpaste, after rinsing the mouth with water.
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: 
U24SP
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Urine Steroids
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (random)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Royal Children's HospitalLaboratory ServicesLevel 4, East Building50 Flemington RoadParkville, Vic 3052tel 03 9345 4200fax 03 9345 9884
Test Code: 
USP
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Urine Steroids
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (random)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Royal Children's HospitalLaboratory ServicesLevel 4, East Building50 Flemington RoadParkville, Vic 3052tel 03 9345 4200fax 03 9345 9884
Test Code: 
STAB
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
STAB
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Neg
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
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: 
SKEL
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
SKEL | Anti-Striated Muscle Antibodies_x000D_ | Anti-Skeletal Muscle Antibodies
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Neg
Availability: 
Monthly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
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
Test Code: 
SUREA
Tube Colour: 
Light Green
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Oral hypoglycaemic screen, glibenclamide, gliclazide, glipizide, chlorpropamide, tolbutamide, tolazamide.
Collection Requirements: 
4.5 ml Lithium Heparin or 8.5 ml Serum
Reference Range: 
Nil detected
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
SW
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Amies swab (Gel)- copan
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
Cort
Tube Colour: 
Light Green
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Cort, Short synacthen stimulation test; Synacthen test; ACTH stimulation test
Collection Requirements: 
Refer to Dynamic Tests in Pathology home page
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: