New medical lab to open in August

COLE BAY–Residents who need to have blood-related tests done will soon have another option to get them done when new medical laboratory, Health Care Laboratory St. Maarten (HCLS) opens its doors in the Orange Grove Shopping Center in St. Maarten.

The new lab is expected to open in August. The opening will mark the result of 10 years of work by its owner Dr. Fey van der Dijs. HCLS will offer “high quality” laboratory services and will also be the first health care provider to offer E-health services to the residents and visitors of St. Maarten, the company said in a statement to The Daily Herald on Monday.

“With a strong focus on client privacy, customer service and short timelines to testing results, HCLS will be a welcome addition to health care services on the island,” the release said.

The equipment for the lab’s central location in Orange Grove Shopping Center arrived from the Netherlands last week, shipped by GLE Maritime. In the Netherlands the high quality and sensitive Beckman Coulter equipment were consolidated at Lupprians Netherlands, a transportation company that specialises in moving medical equipment all over Europe and the Caribbean region.

Lupprians Managing Director Pim van Kamperdijk, was on island and visited the HCLS location last week Monday. That same day the first pieces of laboratory equipment arrived and he assisted in off-loading these to enable easy installation by the team of engineers from Beckman Coulter. This was not an easy task as some materials were extremely heavy and needed to go to the second floor. With help from a local trucking company and the ingenuity of its director, Lupprians was able to furnish the complete lab before the Beckman engineers even landed. The following day the installation of all lab equipment began, enabling HCLS to comfortably work towards its opening next month.

Van der Dijs thanked Van Kamperdijk and the entire team from Lupprians Netherlands. “This level of door-to-door service was beyond what he had expected and a welcome smooth start of his new business venture here on the island,” the release said.

Source: The Daily Herald