It has been 12 years since medical technologist Ishara Ramparsad established LAB24. Her intention was to start a laboratory to provide cost effective pathology tests.
Ishara, together with her husband Daya, and three others, started Lab24 behind the Mount Edgecombe hospital. Hard work, long hours, effective marketing and constant striving to achieve the targets of reliable results and quick turn-around times at affordable rates saw the steady growth of Lab24. It moved to new premises at the Mount Edgecombe Hospital Annex, and in doing so – became the first Medical Technologist run laboratory to be allowed to operate within a hospital precinct.
In recent years further growth has seen the establishment of 3 new branches – Umhlanga, Sydenham and the Durban Central area. The staff complement has grown substantially to keep pace with the expansion. A highly competent team of medical technologists, phlebotomists and administrative staff has contributed enormously to the growth of Lab24.
The laboratory has kept pace with technological advances and features state of the art equipment, including: a Gene Xpert analyser for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted diseases. The equipment comes from leading brands like Roche Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter, Cepheid and KAT Laboratories. The laboratory is continuously updating analysers and acquiring new machines to increase the range of tests offered.
12 years has sped by and LAB24 has grown from strength to strength with support from many doctors and the community. We look forward to providing an excellent, accessible, affordable service for many years to come.