The hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test measures the amount of blood sugar (glucose) attached to your hemoglobin.

  • What's tested:

    HBA1C only


Information About The Tests


HbA1c reflects average blood glucose levels during an extended period of time (3 months), offering a more comprehensive view than daily glucose monitoring. The results are expressed as a percentage, with higher values indicating poorer blood sugar control. HbA1c testing is a valuable tool for managing diabetes and reducing the risk of complications associated with prolonged elevated blood sugar levels.

HBA1C - Express Pathology Collection Service

Our hemoglobin test measures the concentration of this vital protein found within your bloodstream.

HbA1c blood testing, also known as glycated hemoglobin testing, is a diagnostic test used to measure the average blood glucose levels over the preceding 2-3 months. Unlike other blood glucose tests that provide a snapshot of current blood sugar levels, HbA1c testing offers insights into long-term blood sugar control.

HbA1c offers valuable information about various aspects of metabolic health, including blood sugar control, oxygen-carrying capacity, lipid profile, and cardiovascular risk.

What's tested and its significance:

  1. Glucose: Glucose is a type of sugar that serves as the primary source of energy for your body's cells. Elevated glucose levels in the blood may indicate conditions such as diabetes mellitus or impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes). A higher-than-normal glucose level may suggest poor blood sugar control, increasing the risk of diabetes-related complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye problems.
  2. Hemoglobin: Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and transporting carbon dioxide back to the lungs. Hemoglobin levels can provide insights into your blood's oxygen-carrying capacity and overall blood health. Abnormalities in hemoglobin levels may indicate conditions such as anemia (low hemoglobin) or polycythemia (high hemoglobin), which can affect oxygen delivery to tissues and organs.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fatty substance essential for building cell membranes and producing hormones. However, elevated levels of cholesterol, particularly low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides, are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. High cholesterol levels can lead to the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, narrowing blood vessels and impairing blood flow.

How it works

Buy a test + at-home sample collection

If at-home or workplace service is available in your area, purchase for an additional $55 fee.

Schedule an appointment

After you make a purchase, one of our Express Pathology nurses will contact you to schedule an in-at-home or office blood collection appointment.

At-home blood sample collection

One of our friendly nurses will collect your blood sample and send it to the nearest laboratory.

Get fast results in your inbox

Access results in your email inbox as soon as they're available.

Blood collection currently available in NSW, VIC, and QLD.

Easy-to-understand results.

Your results will be emailed to you within 24 - 36 hours after collecting your sample. You will receive a text SMS notification when your results are ready. Your results are highly confidential, but you can choose to share your results with your healthcare provider, family, or friends.

Independent support.

Express Pathology reviews your test results and will contact you directly if they require prompt attention. You will be encouraged to speak directly with your primary GP.

Frequently asked 

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  • Why test for HbA1c?

    HbA1c testing plays a vital role in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of diabetes and related complications by providing a reliable measure of long-term blood sugar control.

  • How early can you come to my home or office?

    Our Nurses can generally start from 6am.

  • How do I pay for this service?

    Payment process is simple. We have integrated secure Commbank Payment Gateway to take payments online. Simply complete the online form and make the payment using the ‘Proceed to Book’ button.

  • Can I be seen on a weekend?

    Yes, our nurses work 7 days a week.

  • Can you come to my work?

    Yes we can attend your work premises if you have a private area to conduct the blood collection.

  • Is there a medicare rebate/ bulk billing available?

    No, this is a private service not linked to Medicare.

  • Do I need to Fast?

    Fasting is optional however, please indicate to your blood collector if you have been fasting or not. 

  • What happens with my results?

    Your results are reviewed by our GP and sent to you securely through email. If action is required our GP will be in contact with you.

  • Do Prestige keep a copy of my results?

    Yes they are held in our secure database.