Regardless of the nature of your visit to our depots professional staff will ensure that your experience is as convenient and quick as possible at our depots across South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria. Whether we are collecting a specimen from you or you are merely delivering a specimen - a nursing sister or a qualified phlebotomist is available to help you. Each visit at any of our depots is streamlined to two or three straightforward steps:
A "phlebotomy technician" is a professional who is qualified to draw blood from a patient. He/she has received training at our very own PathCare Training Academy and is registered with the country's Health Professions Council. A phlebotomist at a PathCare depot undertakes the following procedures when drawing blood from a patient:
Some medical practitioners in private practice collect patient specimen themselves for delivery to our laboratories. However, most medical practitioners will refer their patients to PathCare depots to have specimens collected. We have over 120 PathCare specimen receptions across South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria.
The most commonly collected specimen at our reception sites are blood, urine and sputum. For more sensitive specimens, such as stool and semen, patients collect the specimen in specialised jars, in the privacy of their homes, for delivery within the required timeframes and conditions at any of the PathCare specimen receptions.