Pathology is a medical specialty about the study and causes of disease and is integral to the diagnosis of every cancer.

Pathologists can also examine changes in tissue, blood and other bodily fluid samples to gain an understanding of the potential for disease development, the cause or severity of disease and/or to monitor the progress of disease, effectiveness of treatment and your general health.

At Peter Mac, the Pathology team uses blood and other tissue samples to help diagnose the tumour type and can also help determine a likely prognosis and inform clinicians about the most appropriate management for a cancer.

Peter Mac’s Pathology team operates a 24-hour on site service which provides biochemistry, haematology, anatomical pathology and diagnostic molecular pathology. If you have had bloods or specimens collected during any sort of procedure, as an inpatient or in our outpatient pathology clinic at Peter Mac, they will go straight to our on site pathologists for analysis.

Outpatient Pathology Clinic

Whilst our out patient service is called 'Pathology' our pathology nurses also offer a range of other services to support our patients, not just blood and specimen collection.

The Outpatient Pathology Clinic provides:

  • blood collection
  • blood taking from a central venous access device
  • central venous access device dressing and cap change
  • cannulation
  • ECG
  • port access/flush
  • specimen collection i.e. urine, swabs


If you require pathology, your specialist will organise a referral for you.


You do not have to have an appoinment to come to the outpatient pathology. Simply take a coloured card depending on the type of test you are having, to help staff see you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What to bring

If you are coming to the outpatient pathology to have a test, your doctor will either organise for a pathology slip to be sent to outpatient pathology or will give you a pathology slip to take with you.

If you doctor has given you a pathology slip, please bring this with you when you come to outpatinet patholgoy so the pathology nurses know what type and how much of each specimen they need to collect, and the pathologists which know which anyalysis your doctor requires.


Peter Mac’s Outpatient Pathology is a bulk billing service.


Monday to Friday 8.00am-5.00pm



Level 2, 2B Pathology

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

305 Grattan Street

Melbourne VIC 3000


Oupatient Pathology

Phone: 03 8559 8110