Test Code: 
Cyto
Tube Colour: 
Yelllow Top Universal
Department: 
Cytology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
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 fluids are collected in screw capped containers, to avoid spillage during transit. Fluids should reach the laboratory not later than 1600 hrs during the working week as the preparation time is very lengthy.
Test Code: 
FL
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Synovial Fluid culture/microscopy
Collection Requirements: 
Aspirate in Sterile Container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
FL
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
If cell count required send additional 1ml aspirate in a Lithium Heparin tube
Test Code: 
SYP
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Syphilis Serology
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Require both CSF and serum when investigating for neurosyphilis. Tests done inhouse are RPR and TPPA. FTA and EIA tests are sent out.
Test Code: 
SYPP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Swab, Tissue, Biopsy, _x000D__x000D_Paraffin embedded blocks (20 micron shavings)
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: 
Serology
Urine and blood are unsuitable