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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.

Specalist Microbiolgy Services




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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12 May 2022

Microbiology Service improvement

Important Chlamydia and Gonorrhea sample collection is changing. GO LIVE DATE 23rd  May 2022 Please click on the link for further details.

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12 May 2022

New Blood Sciences Combined Form For Colchester

From Monday 16th May 2022 the current separate blood sciences request forms will be replaced by a combined form.   The current form will still be accepted until stock runs out. For any questions please contact

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27 Apr 2022

ESNEFT Immunology Service Improvement

From Tuesday 3 May 2022 routine Immunology will now be performed within the ESNEFT hub laboratory this will be clinically supported via St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Ipswich and St Bartholomew’s laboratories will provide analytical services Monday to Friday 09.00 am – 17:00 pm (this does not include weekend or bank holidays). The new service will include […]

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01 Oct 2021

ESNEFT Microbiology Service Improvement

NEE – Boric Acid Sarstedt Urine Monovette™ Roll-out ESNEFT are continually reviewing and improving the quality of their service by increasing the speed and accuracy with which they can process samples and return results to GPs and patients.  A number of changes have recently been undertaken with the urinalysis workflow in Microbiology.  For the final […]

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