The Cardiac Centre NSW has an in-house pathology lab. Please note that this lab is owned & run by Southern Pathology and the availability of a phlebotomist to take your blood may vary. To ensure staff availability, it is recommended you contact Southern Pathology directly on their Customer Service number 42 247 474.
A blood test involves taking a sample of blood from your arm vein for analysis. Blood tests can provide valuable information about a patient’s overall health, as well as specific information about the functioning of various organs and systems in the body.
Some common types of blood tests include:
- Full blood count (FBC): measures the number and types of cells in the blood, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
- Urea, electrolytes and creatinine (UEC): measures various substances in the blood, including electrolytes, glucose, and kidney function markers
- Lipid panel: measures levels of cholesterol and other lipids in the blood
- Liver function tests: measure levels of various enzymes and proteins produced by the liver
Before having a blood test, it’s important to follow any instructions provided by the healthcare provider, such as fasting for a certain period of time before the test. It’s also important to inform the healthcare provider of any medications or supplements being taken, as some of these may affect the results of the blood test.
After the blood sample is taken, it will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. The healthcare provider will typically review the results of the blood test with the patient and discuss any abnormalities or concerns.