Pathology

Territory Pathology provides medical pathology services to the six public hospitals across the Northern Territory (NT).

The Top End Health Service is serviced by pathology laboratories at Royal Darwin Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital, Katherine Hospital and Gove District Hospital.

The Central Australia Health Service is serviced by pathology laboratories at Alice Springs Hospital and Tennant Creek Hospital.

Medical pathology services provides information for:

  • diagnosis, monitoring, exclusion of disease processes, and their treatment
  • health screening
  • epidemiological data.

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Medical pathology services

Territory Pathology provides testing for the following scientific disciplines:

  • anatomical pathology
  • chemical pathology
  • forensic pathology
  • haematology
  • blood transfusion
  • immunopathology
  • microbiology
  • molecular microbiology
  • serology.

Territory Pathology provides medical pathology services for:

  • inpatients and outpatients of the six public hospitals
  • other NT Government agencies such as correctional centres, National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre, Coroner's Office and the Centre for Disease Control
  • other external organisations such as general practitioners (GPs), Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin Private Hospital and private pathology laboratories.

How to access pathology services

You need a referral in the form of a pathology request form filled in by a medical practitioner or approved health practitioner. Request forms are valid for six months from the date of request.

Specimen(s) are collected and submitted with the request form to the laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will analyse and return a report to your requesting practitioner for review and action.

Your requesting practitioner is the best person to provide appropriate clinical interpretation and advice based on your clinical history.

Most medical pathology services will be subsidised by the Australian Government through the Medical Benefits Scheme if you are an Australian resident or international visitor entitled to Reciprocal Health Care.

For more information go to the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Outpatient blood collection services

Territory Pathology provides outpatient phlebotomy (blood collection) services to Royal Darwin Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital.

Royal Darwin Hospital outpatient phlebotomy

Located at the main entrance of the Royal Darwin Hospital behind the patient elevators, near RAPU.

Open Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4pm.

Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Palmerston Regional Hospital outpatient phlebotomy

Located near the main entrance of the Palmerston Regional Hospital at Ambulatory Care.

Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm.

Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Alice Springs Hospital outpatient phlebotomy

Located in the Emergency Department at the Alice Springs Hospital.

Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Inpatient services opening hours

Territory Pathology provides inpatient phlebotomy services to Royal Darwin Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital. At Katherine Hospital, Gove District Hospital and Tennant Creek Hospital, inpatient specimen collection is done by medical and nursing staff.

The table below outlines opening hours for inpatient pathology services in the NT.

Service Monday to FridaySaturdaySunday Public holidays
Royal Darwin Hospital
Clinical laboratory 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours
Microbiology 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to midday, then on-call
Serology / Molecular microbiology 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call
Anatomical pathology 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call on-call on-call on-call
Forensic pathology 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call on-call on-call on-call
Phlebotomy - inpatient 6am to midday, until wards completed 6am to 10am, until wards completed 6am to 10am, until wards completed 6am to 10am, until wards completed
Alice Springs Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
Serology
8am to 11pm, then on-call 8am to 11pm, then on-call 8am to 11pm, then on-call 8am to 11pm, then on-call
Phlebotomy - inpatient 7am to midday, until wards completed 7am to midday, until wards completed 7am to midday, until wards completed 7am to midday, until wards completed
Katherine Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call
Palmerston Regional Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 11pm, then after hours testing referred to RDH 8am to 11pm, then after hours testing referred to RDH 8am to 11pm, then after hours testing referred to RDH 8am to 11pm, then after hours testing referred to RDH
Phlebotomy - inpatient 7am to midday, until wards completed closed closed closed
Gove District Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call
Tennant Creek Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call 8am to 4:21pm, then on-call

Contact

ServicePhone
Royal Darwin Hospital - Territory Pathology Darwin - result and general enquiries 08 8922 8299
Royal Darwin Hospital - Territory Pathology Darwin - phlebotomy 08 8922 7933
Alice Springs Hospital - Territory Pathology Alice Springs - result and general enquiries, including phlebotomy 08 8951 7740
Katherine Hospital - Territory Pathology Katherine - result and general enquiries 08 8973 9235
Gove District Hospital - Territory Pathology Nhulunbuy - result and general enquiries 08 8987 0254
Palmerston Regional Hospital - Territory Pathology Palmerston - result and general enquiries 08 7979 9391
Palmerston Regional Hospital - Territory Pathology Palmerston - phlebotomy 08 7979 9507
Tennant Creek Hospital - Territory Pathology Tennant Creek - result and general enquiries 08 8962 4267

Last updated: 12 September 2018

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