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Pathology Services

About us

Ipswich Hospital and Colchester Hospital, together make up East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and provide a single, integrated pathology service across the Essex and Suffolk locality.

ESNEFT  provide hospital and community health care services for Colchester, Ipswich and local areas. Formed on 1 July 2018, ESNEFT is the largest NHS organisation in the region.

We provide services from Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, Aldeburgh, Clacton, Halstead, Harwich and Felixstowe community hospitals and Bluebird Lodge near Ipswich. We also provide community services in Suffolk.

Colchester and Ipswich hospitals have major accident and emergency (A&E) departments. Please click here for a full list of our services.

State-of-the-art laboratories

Our ‘hub’ laboratory is based at Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk, where the majority of pathology samples are processed.

The hub contains state-of-the-art, fully automated Blood Sciences and Microbiology laboratories and a Cellular Pathology laboratory that provides a full range of core and specialist histology and cytology services.

We have a fully automated ‘spoke’ local laboratory based at Colchester University Hospital in Essex, which handles urgent work from A&E, acute wards, theatres and maternity services.

Expert clinical advice

We have experienced consultant pathologists who provide extensive clinical and interpretative advice to those using our services. They are supported by clinical and biomedical scientists and additional support staff provide analytical, interpretive and advisory services across our network of laboratories.

Our Clinical Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Blood Transfusion and Microbiology laboratories operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Clinical and scientific advice is already currently available 24 hours a day.

Making every test matter

We offer a huge range of tests which contribute to the diagnosis of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, allergies, blood disorders, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis. We regularly review our repertoire and introduce new diagnostic tests that allow for more specific diagnosis or provide quicker turnaround times which will speed up a patient’s diagnosis.


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Consumables Paperless Ordering System (GO LIVE – May 2024)

The Pathology Service Desk and our EMED colleagues have been in collaboration to develop a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of working. We have partnered with our website designers – Fortico, to launch a project surrounding an electronic and paperless ordering system. Our EMED Team can now process orders (once approved) digitally. The goal is […]

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Goodbye & Good Luck to two of our ESNEFT Pathology Colleagues

Recently, we have said a fond farewell to two extremely valued ESNEFT Pathology Colleagues, who have moved onto pastures new. Lynn Partridge and Sue Sawyer worked for ESNEFT for a number of years sharing their experience and knowledge across the Trust. Lynn Partridge, Histopathology Service Lead, played an integral role in developing the Histopathology department into […]

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Consumables-Urine Collection Pots

Please note a change from 25/01/2024 Previously when ordering boxes of  Urine monovette they came with collection cups, these will now need to be ordered separately.    

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ESNEFT Microbiology Service Improvement

Latent TB Service Improvement (Ipswich)   Microbiology (Ipswich) will be changing the test for Latent Mycobacteria tuberculosis from the T-Spot assay to the Quantiferon Gold Plus Assay. Service updates will follow for Colchester in a few weeks. Click on the link to read more  

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