Excellent Service – Rapid Results

Helix Pathology provides fast, effective service, delivering 24-hour turnaround or 12-hours for urgent cases.
Pathologists are readily available, on call 24/7.

Dr Lloyd McGuire


Dr. Lloyd McGuire is a graduate of the University of Queensland in 1978 and completed specialist training in Anatomical Pathology in 1986. Training was completed with rotations through the Royal Brisbane Hospital, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the Mater Hospital and the State Forensic Institute.

Lloyd worked as an Anatomical Pathologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong for six years also fulfilling a position of senior lecturer. This was a very enjoyable period of learning, teaching and researching in an academic environment and in the company of learned professionals.

Dr. McGuire returned to the Gold Coast in 1991 and joined Queensland Medical Laboratory where he stayed until 2002 when that laboratory was corporatised.

From 2003 to 2008, he worked in Perth (QEII Medical Centre), Sydney (Davies Campbell de Lambert) and the Gold Coast (Gold Coast Hospital) including 5 years teaching at the Bond University Medical School. Dr. McGuire worked on College committees during this time in an attempt to rectify inequities in the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

In 2008, Helix Pathology was opened specialising in Anatomical Pathology including Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology. The objective is to establish and maintain a high quality Anatomical Pathology that is small and personable whilst offering services that are big and comprehensive. The aim is to be approachable, competitive and consultative whilst rivalling any large corporate laboratory in the range and quality of the services provided.

Dr Sarah Swain

MBBS, FRCPA, Associate Member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists

Dr Sarah Swain (MBBS UMelb 1986, FRCPA 1993) is a Senior Anatomical Pathologist and Specialist Dermatopathology’s of more than 25 years’ experience. Dr Swain has worked extensively in Pathology including the Victorian Melanoma Service and provided specialist pathology services for the Dermatology and Gastroenterology Units at the Alfred Hospital and at Peter Mac. Dr Swain furthered her specialist dermatopathology career at the eminent world recognised Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology with the late Dr A. Bernard Ackerman and Professor Lorenzo Cerrone.

Dr Swain served on the Board of Education of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia for 6 years and in her early years as a pathologist taught and mentored other pathologists in Gastrointestinal Pathology and Dermatopathology.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists honoured Dr Swain for her contributions to teaching pathology and dermatology trainees and colleagues by conferring the exclusive Associate Membership of their College on Dr Swain in 2008.

In her private life, Dr Swain is passionate about music, sport, literature, history and archaeology. Her lifelong interest and involvement in singing and stage performances began on her father, Uncle Norman Swain’s iconic Australian Channel 9 TV show ( The Tarax Show ) when she was 5 years old. A lifelong involvement in singing and performing in musical theatre and Opera ensued. Dr Swain has many beloved sporting involvements including tennis, swimming, walking, sailing and rowing. Reading books is an especially loved pastime with a focus on classical literature, detective novels, history including military history and archaeology. Dr Swain also has an interest in contemporary and historical fashion design and fine art.



Helix Pathology specialises in Anatomical Pathology – Histology and Cytology.