Frequently asked questions and answers on blood lead testing
Q: Where can I get my children and family tested for lead?
A: FREE blood lead testing is available to all Mount Isa residents at Queensland Medical Laboratory (QML), 13a Isa Street, Mount Isa, QLD 4825, Phone: 07 4743 4299.
Q: What days is QML available for blood lead testing?
A: Monday to Friday, 8am to 2.00pm. These hours ensure two collectors are available to do paediatric blood tests.
Q: Do I need a referral from my GP?
A: No referral is required.
Q: Do I need to make an appointment for the blood test?
A: No appointment is required, however you can call QML to ensure paediatric collectors (if required) are available.
Q: How much will it cost to get tested?
A: Blood testing for lead is FREE for all Mount Isa residents.
Q: How often should I have my children tested?
A: Depending on the result of the first test, if your child has an elevated blood lead level over 5µg/dl, a follow up test is recommended for 6 months after the initial test and preventions are put in place.
Q: How do I get the results?
A: You need to refer the results to your GP at QML, he will give you the results.
A: QML will ask you for the name of your GP who will be sent your results, given these are results from pathology tests your doctor will be able to provide you with these and address any questions on the results that you may have.
Q: What happens if my children have elevated blood lead levels over 5µg/dl?
A: You will be contacted by Queensland Health – Public Health Unit Mount Isa, who will give you information and assist you to reduce the blood lead level in your children. You can also contact The Lead Alliance FREE CALL 1800 457 547, we will also give you the information and assistance you need to reduce the risk of elevated blood lead levels. A follow up test is recommended six months after the first test to monitor blood lead levels.
If you have any further questions you need answering FREE CALL The Lead Alliance on 1800 457 547.
The Lead Alliance encourage all Mount Isa residents have their blood lead levels tested especially pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and children ages 0 – 5 years of age.