GWest Corporation Ltd (GWest) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Microlabs Ltd to assume the operations of GWest laboratory effective March 2, 2021.
In an announcement on the Jamaica Stock Exchange website, the company stated, “GWest continues to pursue partnerships with key health care and medical services in order to develop our strategic plan to be a one-stop health care facility for Western Jamaica.”
As a result of the arrangement, GWest will offer wider range of diagnostics lab services, which “will improve service delivery and patient care in the Montego Bay and Western Region”.
Located in Fairview, Montego Bay, St James, GWest Corporation provides medical services to both the local and international markets, including in health tourism.
GWest Centre was established in 2017 by a group of Jamaican medical and business professionals including Dr Konrad Kirlew, Wayne Gentles, Dr Ladi Doonquah, Elva Williams-Richards, Dennis and Denise Samuels.
The concept of the medical complex, according to its website, is to provide a wide range of “high-quality medical services in the same location, to an international standard”. The company is ideally located in the Fairview Corridor, Montego Bay’s new commercial hub.
The first phase of GWest involved an urgent care centre, a clinical laboratory, and an office suite for general practice and consultants.
GWest Centre also offers private medical facilities such as the Heart Smart Centre, Zierlich Renal Dialysis, Facial and Oral Surgery Associates, Radiology West, and NorthCoast MRI.
On the other hand, Microlabs operates from locations islandwide. Within the last 12 months, the company signed an agreement with MD Link to send in real-time lab requests for patients seen by doctors on the platform.
Microlabs Ltd also has over 30 years’ experience in operating medical laboratory services and is ISO compliant.
The partnership should, therefore, result in the realisation of a complete health service delivery network; increased service availability to persons covered by insurance plans; as well as increased revenue for stakeholders.
For the six months ended September 2020, GWest Centre posted losses of JM$36.97 million, which is a 12.4 per cent decrease year over year.
Directors explained that the slide in revenue was due to less patients visiting the facility due to COVID-19 conditions and restrictions.