Hunter New England, New England

About Us

Pathology North New England is the local public pathology provider for the New England Area of the NSW, a large geographical area covering 98,000 square kilometres from Willow Tree in the South to the Queensland border in the north. PNE provides an efficient and reliable pathology service for the people of Armidale, Tamworth, Inverell, Glen Innes and surrounding areas, operating Collection Centres and employing over 70 staff.

Pathology North offers three full-time Pathologists based at the Tamworth Laboratory. As well as ensuring a fast turnaround of results, they are available for consultation. Laboratories are NATA accredited and invest in the latest technology to maintain a fast, accurate and efficient service to our clients and their patients.

Pathology North Laboratories enable fast turnaround of results, local testing of specimens and access to consultation with Pathologists and experienced Senior Scientists. Over 750,000 tests are performed each year.  The Pathologists and Registrars in New England are equipped to provide most diagnostic pathology services with the support of Pathology North. 

Continuity of Care

As Pathology North is the provider to the public hospitals in the region, continuity of results can be assured between inpatient and outpatient records, resulting in a complete medical record of patient care. For example, having antenatal testing performed by PNE ensures blood group and antibody results are available if needed out of hours and/or in an emergency.

Local Testing

Pathology North processes the majority of pathology testing in the local area, including anatomical pathology and microbiology, enabling fast turnaround times and up to the minute progress reports, even when testing is still in progress. Esoteric and tertiary testing is referred to other Laboratories within the Pathology North group.


Pathology North has a program of evening education sessions for local doctors at their practice. These are conducted by our Pathologists and Senior Scientists on request and cover topical issues and updates in medical science.

Pathology North maintains links with other tertiary laboratories throughout Australia, to which specialised tests can be referred.

Pathology North is working every day to provide a pathology service that's efficient and reliable for the people of Tamworth and New England...You can be sure you're in safe hands. As a local, public, not-for-profit service provider, revenue goes back into building better health services for local communities.

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