$60,000 to be spent on pathology equipment at Maryborough

THE state government will spend $60,000 buying new equipment after announcing pathology services would be returned to Maryborough.

Health Minister Cameron Dick last week announced the reopening of the service which was controversially closed by the LNP government in 2012.

"We are restoring frontline services and will be employing two additional staff, who will provide training for hospital staff, assist in testing and maintain the quality assurance process required for the equipment," he said.

"This model will enable testing to be carried out by hospital staff 24 hours a day 7 days a week."

Mr Dick said the services provided would be similar to those offered prior to closure and cover the core disciplines of haematology, biochemistry, microbiology and transfusion.

"This means that patients receive earlier diagnosis at Maryborough Hospital as opposed to waiting hours for blood results from Hervey Bay. Patients can expect to spend less time in hospital as they will be treated and discharged sooner where clinically appropriate," he said.

"At this stage, the focus has been on providing urgent testing on-site. Routine and specialist tests will still be performed predominantly at Hervey Bay."

Additional point of care testing analysers will also be available and include snake venom detection kits, urinalysis strip reader and point-of-care chemistry analysers.

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