Bigger centre to help pathology access

People needing pathology services in Bunbury are getting better access with a redeveloped pathology centre, servicing residents in the city and throughout the South West.

Health Minister Greg Hunt and Forrest MHR Nola Marino visited the PathWest laboratory at the Bunbury Hospital on Thursday morning when they met with staff who told them about the work being carried out and were given a tour of the laboratory.

The Federal Government provided $4.8 million for the redevelopment, which more than tripled the size of the PathWest pathology centre’s testing capacity.

Mr Hunt said the new laboratory was about getting better access to treatment for Bunbury and the South West residents.

“It helps to save lives,” he said.

Mrs Marino said patients at Bunbury Hospital were receiving faster diagnosis and an improved range of treatments, supporting new radiotherapy treatment for breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers, a higher dependency Intensive Care Unit and a high number of patients in the Emergency Department.

With its increased capacity, the new laboratory was also acting as a regional pathology hub for the South West with the redevelopment providing effective and timely pathology services outside of the Bunbury region.

“This is reducing delays in treatment for patients and allows patients to stay closer to family and support South West networks throughout their treatment,” Mrs Marino said.

Source: Bunbury Herald.