Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Private Pathology Lab Benefits Mackay People

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Private Pathology Lab Benefits Mackay People

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A NEW private pathology laboratory will open its doors at the Pioneer Valley Private Hospital early this month. AAA Mackay Pathology is the first private full facility pathology laboratory to be opened in Queensland for more than 15 years and Mackay residents are going to benefit from this exciting development.

AAA Mackay Pathology is owned by the local community in Mackay and was born out of a need to bring high quality local pathology services back to the Mackay region, and has 19 staff.

This new laboratory focuses on providing local services, provided by local professionals, with rapid result distribution to the local doctors as well as supporting local businesses.

It is truly alocala in all aspects and aims to provide a better, faster service that gives benefits to the local residents and medical practitioners alike.

aThe new pathology laboratory does everything from taking blood to sending test results back to the doctors within the day,a Mr Peter Gibbons said.

aBehind the scenes in the lab it is all very complex. We have fully qualified scientists as well as well trained staff to ensure that all testing is done to a very high standard,a he said.

aFor Mackay there are a lot of opportunities with this new lab. We are building relationships with both CQU and James Cook universities and the students at those universities who are doing the Bachelor of Medlab science degree have plenty of possibilities to get some hands-on experience,a Mr Gibbons said.

The previous well-known local pathology laboratory, which gave excellent dedicated service to Mackay for over three decades, has been centralised to Brisbane, leading to a loss of employment both in the pathology laboratory and its many Mackay suppliers.

The new laboratory is state-of-the-art and employs some of the best scientists and technical staff available. Consulting pathologist Henry Lau and his business partner Peter Gibbons can be proud of what they've been able to achieve in just a few months.

Scott McKenzie from BB Print, Mackay said, aWe used to supply large quantities of printed forms and pamphlets to the previous pathology practice in Mackay before it was sold to a large corporate. …

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