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To learn more about laboratory medicine in general and gain a greater understanding of how laboratory testing can impact your healthcare, read the following in-depth articles. These patient resources are intended to help you navigate the testing process, provide context for the tests that you may have done and give you a better understanding of your test results.

When your GP (or other healthcare professional) requests you have a blood or other type of pathology test it will almost certainly be transported to and analysed in a hospital laboratory using equipment that can analyse many different tests on the...
For all pathology tests it is very important that your identity is confirmed before someone takes the sample. For example, directly after a blood test is taken, the blood sample should be labelled by the collector, with your correct details...
Overview What seems like a simple medical test to the average adult can be significantly more challenging to the elderly person whose health is more frail. Here are a few reasons to take extra care when an older person requires a medical test. This...
Overview Much less routine testing is required for children than for adults, but there are times when children need medical tests and a helping hand through them. A caring adult can help the child cope with any physical pain or discomfort as well as...
Overview Most routine laboratory tests require a blood sample. Common as it is, this brief procedure is the test people tend to have the most worries about. There are two main problems really: 1) the physical one, enduring the needle and 2) the...
For you as the patient, the "laboratory test" that has been requested by your doctor may require you to have a sample of blood taken from a vein in your arm, or to give a sample of urine, a swab from your throat or another sample of body fluid or...
Laboratories use a variety of methodologies to test the countless analytes that are of interest to the medical community. Understanding the method used for a test provides a broader context for understanding your test results. Below are links to...
Today, laboratory testing is performed in many different settings, from the large, highly automated central laboratory that performs thousands of tests a day to your own home, where you might do a pregnancy test or monitor your blood glucose levels....
Your doctor will often say to you "I'd like you to have some blood tests". Laboratory tests are among the most important aspects of modern medicine. The Department of Health has estimated that laboratory services contribute to 60-70% of clinical...
Blood banking, the process of collecting, testing, processing, and storing blood for later use, is a cornerstone of emergency and surgical medicine and is dependent on the clinical laboratory for ensuring the safe use of blood and its components....