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Laboratory Services provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic testing and clinical and consultative services to The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) and The Royal Women's Hospital (RWH), as well as to other service providers
Our services are provided through laboratories and collection centres at both RCH and RWH with a Core Laboratory located at each site providing services 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
Our laboratories are compliant with the international standard for laboratory accreditation - AS/ISO 15189-2009 - and are fully accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
The services provided by Laboratory Services are diverse and are provided by the following laboratories and sections:
Consultation will help you get the best value from our pathology services. If you have a special need or query, senior laboratory staff are always happy to assist
Test results will be useless or possibly totally misleading if testing is not performed on a valid specimen
A valid specimen is one that is:
For information regarding our requirements for request forms, patient identification and specimen labelling, see the RCH Specimen Collection Policy or the RWH Specimen Collection Policy.
For information regarding appropriate containers for specimens, please see the Specimen Collection Handbook.
For information regarding collection centres, please see Pathology Collection.
Tests needed for immediate patient care are performed on demand. TAT for common automated tests generally range between 1-4 hours for routine samples. Please do not mark tests as URGENT unless a faster TAT is required as this has an impact on the laboratory's ability to deal with genuinely urgent samples
Most other common tests are performed daily and less common tests less frequently. See the Specimen Collection Handbook for information regarding test frequency
Laboratory Services is involved in numerous research projects, some of which are instigated from within our departments and others in which our involvement is the provision of scientific or clinical advice, and/or diagnostic testing services
For more information regarding Laboratory Services involvement with research projects, please contact the Director
Publication lists are available from relevant senior staff
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Telephone +61 3 9345 5522
50 Flemington Road Parkville
Victoria 3052 Australia