We’re excited to show off our brand-new pathology laboratory at Cooma Hospital. It features the latest technology and will bring enormous benefits for patients, staff and the wider Cooma community.
The pathology laboratory has been completed as part of the NSW Government’s $26.5 million investment in the Cooma Hospital redevelopment that also includes an expanded emergency department, ambulatory care centre and a new maternity department.
The laboratory features new equipment and the latest technology, including new chemical pathology analysers which NSW Health Pathology is rolling out in regional locations across the state as part of a $29 million investment.
The chemical analysers can carry out a range of common pathology tests, including liver and kidney function tests and monitoring for diabetes.
Senior Hospital Scientist in Charge at Cooma, Jo-Anne Hagger, says the refurbished laboratory will deliver significant benefits for both patients and pathology staff at Cooma Hospital.
“We have a new collections room on Level B at the Cooma Hospital where people can go for blood tests,” she said.
“We bulk bill and accept all referrals, and you don’t need an appointment.
“There are also on-site, lifesaving blood transfusion services available.”
The Cooma pathology laboratory operates 7 days a week and performs more than 40,000 pathology tests each year.
A big thank you to Jo-Anne Hagger for leading this redevelopment with the support of Local Pathology Director Matthew Watts, Operations Manager Peter Tomlinson, and the entire Cooma team.
Our Planning team has also been there every step of the way, and a huge thanks goes to Geoff Channels who was involved in the design and Pankaj Gaur who project managed the laboratory decant and was on-site to help with all the logistics for relocating equipment between hospital floors.
We’re proud to be serving the Cooma community!