Appointments for Special Testing


99% of tests do not require an appointment at Pathlab so you can simply take your form to any of our collection facilities.

Usually patients are seen on a first-in-first-serve basis so please allow some waiting time. To avoid a prolonged waiting time, we advise visiting after midday if possible.


Find contact numbers, addresses, and opening hours for our collection facilities.


Allergy testing

An appointment is required. Please contact a suitable collection facility below for more information on test requirements.

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance, Baymed
  • Hamilton - Main laboratory only in Hamilton, Raglan, Waihi, Thames, Matamata, Cambridge, Morrinsville
  • Rotorua - Hospital OPD
  • Whakatane - Hospital OPD, afternoon appointments only
  • Taupo - Hospital OPD

Bone Marrow

Bone marrow biopsy and bone marrow aspiration are procedures to collect and examine bone marrow — the spongy tissue inside some of your larger bones.

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance, Mon, Tue, and Thur mornings - by appointment only
  • Hamilton - Anglesea Clinic site only - Haematology Department - by appointment only
  • Rotorua - Haupapa Street site only - Haematology Department - by appointment only
  • Whakatane - Thur morning - by appointment only
  • Taupo - Not available, Rotorua only.

DNA for paternity/maternity test

Cost for 3 people = $1,125.00. Payment is required at time of testing (unless other arrangements made e.g. legal aid). Recent passport style photograph required for all parties, plus passport or drivers license if available. Information of legal representation is required. Child under 16 years must NOT have sample collected without guardians consent (signed form DNA01c).

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance afternoon appointments, Mon-Thur (Phoenix House appointments are available by arrangement)
  • Hamilton - Main laboratory only in Hamilton and some out of town surgeries
  • Rotorua - Haupapa Street site only
  • Whakatane - Collection rooms only, not hospital site
  • Taupo - Tuwharetoa Street

Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

Fine-needle aspiration is a diagnostic procedure used to investigate lumps or masses.

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance, Tauranga (Mon, Tue, Thurs mornings)
  • Hamilton - 58 Tristram St, Hamilton
  • Rotorua - Hospital OPD - Appointment made at Haupapa Street
  • Whakatane - Hospital Laboratory (Thur mornings)
  • Taupo - Hospital OPD - Appointment made at Haupapa Street

Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) - Mammogram before FNA or 10 days post

Fine-needle aspiration is a diagnostic procedure used to investigate lumps or masses.

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance - Mon, Tue, and Thu mornings
  • Hamilton - 58 Tristram St, Hamilton
  • Rotorua - Hospital OPD - Appointment made at Haupapa Street
  • Whakatane - Thur morning
  • Taupo - Hospital OPD - Appointment made at Haupapa Street

Glucose Tolerance Test - GTT / PTT

You can have this test at any of our collection rooms. Morning appointment required, patient must be fasting 8-12 hours, test takes 2 hours to complete and you must remain at the rooms for the duration

  • Bay of Plenty - Performed at all rooms, limit of 3 appointments on Sat mornings
  • Hamilton - All facilities – Anglesea collection facility only Sat mornings
  • Rotorua - Haupapa Street / Hospital OPD
  • Whakatane - Every morning
  • Taupo - Weekdays

Skin Allergy Testing

Allow 40 minutes for the test to be completed. It is important when you contact us for an appointment that you have a list of your medications to refer to. See the list of collection facilities below that perform this test and can give you detailed information on the testing process and requirements.

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Road, entrance to Pathlab is via Tauranga Hospital entrance, Baymed
  • Hamilton - Anglsea St, Thames and Matamata
  • Rotorua - Hospital OPD
  • Whakatane - Hospital site
  • Taupo - Hospital OPD

Synacthen - test for Addison’s disease

No cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, Dexamethasone, Betamethesone 8hrs prior to test. 8:50-8:55 am appointment time, the test takes approximately 1 hr 10 mins, patient must stay at the laboratory for the duration.

  • Bay of Plenty - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance, it's important to ensure the Pathologist will be available. The requestor must write a prescription for Synathen 0.25mg for the patient to collect from a pharmacy and bring with them to their appointment.
  • Hamilton - 58 Tristram St, Hamilton
  • Rotorua - Hospital Chemotherapy day stay unit
  • Whakatane - Hospital
  • Taupo - Hospital Chemotherapy day stay unit

Please note that we cannot offer urine drug testing for medicolegal purposes. Contact the Drug Detection Agency.