Pathology Handbook

Pregnancy test


Urine human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG)

Request Form

ICE request


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Confirmation of suspected pregnancy
Please state date of last missed period (LMP)

Patient Preparation

A first morning urine is preferred; this will normally give a positive result by the time of the first missed period

Turnaround Time

Same day (Monday to Friday)
Urgent reports will be telephoned on request


Early morning urine

Plain (white top) universal only
Samples collected into the patient's own container or boric acid bottle (red cap universal) will be rejected


Minimum 5 ml


Urine bottle white top

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Unsuitable sample container (see above)

Reference Range

The laboratory test detects hCG levels at or above 25 mIU/ml

Lab Handling

Samples should be tested on the day of receipt