Staff travel from Nambour to run Maryborough pathology

MARYBOROUGH Base Hospital's blood collection services are being staffed by phlebotomists from Nambour, after three local staff members being made redundant last December.

Former pathologist Eric Donaldson said travel and accommodation costs likely exceeded the cost of retaining three phlebotomists before closure of the pathology department.

Dr Donaldson spoke out against the closure last week and said staff from Nambour had been travelling up each week as Hervey Bay Hospital took over collection and testing of blood samples of Maryborough patients.

Phlebotomists spend the morning in Maryborough each week day.

Pathology services in Queensland are managed by the Health Services Support Agency, not the regional health boards.

HSSA chief executive officer Kathy Byrnes could not give figures on travel and accommodation costs for staff members to travel to the Fraser Coast from Nambour each week.

She said the cost did not come out of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services budget.

"The costs of staff travel when working in Hervey Bay and Maryborough are met by Pathology Queensland," Ms Byrnes said.



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