From truck shop to medical test lab

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

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A newly opened $10 million medical laboratory in Christchurch shows "confidence" is returning to the city.

Canterbury Southern Community Laboratories' (CSCL) new facility was officially opened in Harewood yesterday, after the company lost its building in the February 2011 quake.

Owned by Healthscope New Zealand, SCL employs about 750 people in New Zealand, including more than 150 at its Christchurch laboratory.

CSCL tests blood, tissue, urine, faeces and other bodily fluids. The new facility is expected to process more than 2700 samples a day.

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew said the $10m project showed "a business sector confidence in investing" in Christchurch.

CSCL chief executive Dr Peter Gootjes said staff had moved four times in the past 18 months and gone through a "lot of red tape" before the new building was ready.

"Basically, we've taken a truck shop and warehouse and turned it into a state-of-the-art laboratory."

The company last year won a Canterbury District Health Board service contract and had partnered with the board-owned Canterbury Health Laboratories to deliver services from April this year.

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