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Platelet Function Test

Alternate Names
PFT, Platelet Aggregation, Platelet Function Study, Platelet Activation Studies
Ordering Information

Platelet Function Testing requires the patient to make an appointment at either the Austin or Mercy Collection Centres 5 days in advance. Bookings available from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am - midday only.

When the booking is made, collection staff should notify the Haematology Laboratory on (03) 9496 5930 or (03) 9496 3292 that an appointment has been made. 

Patients should abstain from Aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the test.

Please refer to Platelet Function Test - Patient Instructions Sheet for testing details.
Sodium Citrate (Blue top)
Additional Collection Instructions

Instructions for: Austin/Mercy Collection Staff

  • Once an appointment has been made 5 days in advance, the patient may present at either the Austin or Mercy Collection Centre (Monday-Friday between 9 am-midday).
  • When the patient arrives for their appointment, the collection staff should notify the Haematology Laboratory on (03) 9496 5930 or (03) 9496 3292 and mark the request form as urgent.
  • Collect 5 x 3.5 mL sodium citrate tubes and transport to the laboratory at room temperature.
  • Any additional coagulation testing will require separate sodium citrate tubes.

Instructions for: Heidelberg Haematology Department

  • Haematology staff should notify CSR of incoming specimens.
  • Specimens should NOT be centrifuged or placed in the refrigerator.
  • Platelet function testing must be performed within 3 hours of collection.
Minimum Adult Volume
Minimum Paediatric Volume
Monday - Friday
Test Code
Container ID
Storage Instructions
Store specimen at room temperature
Transport Instructions
Transport at room temperature