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Our aim is to provide innovative and high-performing pathology services for patients being cared for in our hospitals, community services, and by local GPs.

Services provided

Our aim is to provide innovative, high-performing pathology services which are clinically led and underpin the clinical services of our hospitals and healthcare partners. Our services include:

  • Cellular pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Haematology and blood transfusion
  • Microbiology
  • Blood tests 

Detailed information for staff and GPs about our services is available via our Pathology handbook which can be accessed by anyone using an NHS computer.

Cellular pathology user guide – this document contains detailed information for GPs and other service users on the services provided by cellular pathology department.

Changes to services from 1 November 2020

Our pathology services are provided by North East Essex and Suffolk Pathology Services, which is a partnership of Ipswich, Colchester and West Suffolk hospitals.

From November 1, the joint partnership will end and pathology services will instead be run directly by the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Services for GPs in the west will continue to be provided from the laboratories at the West Suffolk Hospital or through appropriate specialist partners.