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Pathology Services
Pathology Services


Our laboratories provide direct clinical, diagnostic and public health microbiological services to NHS Trusts and to community health services.

The ESNEFT Microbiology Service is managed as a single service and has laboratories on both the Colchester and Ipswich Hospital sites. This service is part of the ESNEFT Pathology Service, which is in the Cancer and Diagnostics Division of the Trust. The service provides a microbiology service to Colchester and Ipswich hospital, and North Essex and Suffolk CCG’s. It also provides a high throughput COVID testing service to other laboratories within the Mid 6 Network of Laboratories.

Our laboratories provide direct clinical, diagnostic and public health microbiological services to NHS Trusts and to community health services.

Microbiology test requests which are outside the scope of the tests offered by the laboratory will be sent to a number of ISO15189 Accredited Laboratories.

Advice and Information

Medical and technical members of staff are available on the telephone, for advice interpretation of results, transport of specimens, the correct containers and fixatives to use, and the requirements for sample labelling and request form completion.

Handbooks and useful information

ESNEFT Microbiology User Guide MM-ALL-INFO-33

ESNEFT Microbiology Test List MM-ALL-INFO-28 v 9.xlsx




Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test collection information links.

Vaginal Samples

Endocervical samples

Rectal Samples


The fact sheet below is useful guide for avoiding inhibitory substances in the sample collection process:

cobas® CT/NG and cobas® TV/MG Tests – Interfering substances reference guide.pdf

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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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