NSW Health Pathology has opened two new local collections centres, in Port Macquarie.
The centres are at Lighthouse Medical Centre and Lake Innes Medical and Dental Centre.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the news.
“Having blood tests and other pathology checks will be even easier for residents of Port Macquarie and surrounding communities with the opening of the two new centres,” Mrs Williams said.
A new blood collection centre has opened at the Lighthouse Medical Centre (40 Watonga St) and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to midday.
The second new centre is conveniently located at the Lake Innes Medical & Dental Centre, Lake Innes Village Shopping Centre (1&2/43 John Oxley Drive) and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to noon.
“NSW Health Pathology collection centres accept all referrals and bulk bill. Appointments are not essential. Importantly the new centres offer ample free off-street parking and provide easy access for all,” Mrs Williams said.
Associate Professor Rob Lindeman, NSW Health Pathology’s executive director of clinical operations said, providing fast, accurate, comfortable and reliable care for our local patients is the most important thing to us.
“We also want to offer the local community greater choice and convenience when it comes to their pathology needs,” Ass Professor Lindeman said.
“We now have a really skilled collection team here in Port who can assist patients with blood tests, ECGs and all other aspects of pathology care.”
Port Macquarie local Megan Kavanagh works as a valued NSW Health Pathology blood collector at both sites and says she loves her job.
“I enjoy getting to know the patients and making them feel at ease if they’re a bit nervous about having a needle,” she said.
“I can sometimes have a conversation with them and they don’t even know I’ve finished taking their blood.”
Dr Lindeman said NSW Health Pathology is proud to open the new collection centres in Port Macquarie.
“Our experts play a crucial role in helping clinical teams make the best possible treatment decisions. This means our patients get the treatment they need when they need it,” he added.
Contact the new Port Macquarie Pathology Collection Centres on, Lighthouse Medical Centre 6582 0104 or the Lake Innes Medical and Dental Centre, Lake Innes Village Shopping 1300 001 616.