How to become a Pathology Courier

Pathology Couriers are non-medical transport drivers who collect and distribute pathology specimens between doctors' surgeries, hospitals and pathology laboratories.

Personal requirements for a Pathology Courier

  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Able to gain a thorough knowledge of city and suburban streets
  • Good communication skills and effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure
  • Safe driving skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Pathology Courier

Pathology Couriers may perform the following tasks:

  • Pickup and delivery of pathology specimens, stock, and other items to doctors and hospitals
  • Ensure the safe and timely transport of specimens
  • Make sure pathology specimens are correctly stowed
  • Plan the shortest delivery route and drive the vehicle to the destination
  • Report vehicle maintenance needs
  • Hand-deliver specimens.

Working conditions for a Pathology Courier

Some pathology couriers are employed on a casual basis and provide their own vehicles. Motorcycle and bicycle couriers nearly always provide their own transport. Some couriers wear a uniform.

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