Pathology

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

The Top End Health Service is serviced by pathology laboratories at Royal Darwin 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.

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 five 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 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.

Alice Springs Hospital outpatient phlebotomy

Located at the Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Building.

Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Inpatient services opening hours

Territory Pathology provides inpatient phlebotomy services to Royal Darwin 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.

ServiceMonday to FridaySaturdaySundayPublic holidays
Royal Darwin Hospital
Clinical laboratory24 hours24 hours24 hours24 hours
Microbiology8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm restricted, then on-call8am to 4.21pm restricted, then on-call8am to midday restricted, then on-call
Serology / molecular microbiology8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-callon-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call
Anatomical pathology8am to 4.21pm, then on-callon-callon-callon-call
Forensic pathology8am to 4.21pm, then on-callon-callon-callon-call
Phlebotomy - inpatient6am to midday, until wards completed6am to 10am, until wards completed6am to 10am, until wards completed6am to 10am, until wards completed
Alice Springs Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
Serotology
7.30am to 11.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.51pm, then on-call8am to 4.51pm, then on-call8am to 4.51pm, then on-call
Phlebotomy - inpatient7.30am to midday, until wards completed8am to midday, until wards completed8am to midday, until wards completed8am to midday, until wards completed
Katherine Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call
Gove District Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call
Tennant Creek Hospital
Blood transfusion
Chemical pathology
Haematology
Microbiology
8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call8am to 4.21pm, then on-call

Contact

ServicePhone
Royal Darwin Hospital Pathology Department - result and general enquiries(08) 8922 8299
Royal Darwin Hospital Pathology Department - phlebotomy(08) 8922 7933
Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Department - result and general enquiries, including phlebotomy(08) 8951 7740
Katherine Hospital Pathology Department - result and general enquiries(08) 8973 9235
Gove District Hospital Pathology Department - result and general enquiries(08) 8987 0254
Tennant Creek Hospital Pathology Department - result and general enquiries(08) 8962 4267

Last updated: 20 December 2016