TEST: Pathology lab staff member Ed Duarte showed Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders around the new lab when it opened.
TEST: Pathology lab staff member Ed Duarte showed Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders around the new lab when it opened. Hayden Johnson

What you need to know about Maryborough's pathology unit

MARYBOROUGH Hospital's pathology unit has now been open for almost five months.

It provides pathology testing for Maryborough Hospital patient specimens and is the only pathology laboratory of its kind in Queensland.

Since opening on May 16, the Maryborough pathology service has handled about 4000 patient specimens, and done about 3000 tests.

A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said the range of tests done at the unit includes chemistry, haematology and microbiology testing.

"The new laboratory has enhanced point of care pathology testing which is when tests are performed by or on behalf of a medical practitioner at the time of consultation, allowing the results to be used to make immediate, informed decisions about patient care," they said.

"This replaces the previous model of specimens needing to be sent to Hervey Bay or Brisbane for testing.

"The new lab has expanded the local pathology service, enabling more than 95% of urgent testing to be completed on site.

"It was planned specifically to suit the current and future needs of the Maryborough community."

The pathology laboratory was commissioned as a collaborative effort between Pathology Queensland and the WBHHS.