Funding for improved pathology at Bunbury and Collie Hospitals

Pathology laboratories at Bunbury and Collie Hospitals will be upgraded as part of a boost to health services across regional WA.


Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino today welcomed the announcement by Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton and State Health Minister Dr Kim Hames of $56.3 million of Commonwealth funding for regional WA health services.


Almost seven million dollars has been allocated for the upgrades at Bunbury, Collie and Narrogin.


“This is part of a wider program to upgrade regional health services across WA to ensure patients get quality health services closer to home,” Ms Marino said.


Mrs Marino said the rebuilding of the pathology laboratory at Bunbury would support the establishment of radiotherapy treatment for breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers.


“It will enhance intensive care services and help ease the pressure on the hospital’s Emergency Department,” she said.


“The Collie Hospital laboratory will be relocated and refurbished providing improved services for patients undergoing pathology tests.


Relocation of the Collie pathology laboratory will be to a larger, more clinically appropriate space within the hospital campus, with a particular emphasis on providing better specimen collection and waiting areas for patients undergoing testing.