Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine is the collective name for a group of Pathology Disciplines including Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion, Immunology and Microbiology (Bacteriology and Virology).

Laboratory Medicine is managed via a network by the Eastern Pathology Alliance. This is a joint venture between the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, the James Paget University Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn.

There are laboratories covering Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion on all three Trust sites. All laboratories are newly refurbished with a high degree of automation and all three laboratories offer a 24 hour, 7 days per week service to support each Trusts Acute and In-patient activity. The Norfolk and Norwich Laboratory also processes all requests from GP’s in Norfolk, Waveney and parts of Suffolk, which is just over 1 million patients..

Microbiology has been centralised and is based in the Norwich Research Park Innovations Centre. This is a purpose designed laboratory offering a wide range of Bacteriology and Virology testing for all three Trusts and all GP’s.

Immunology has also been centralised and is based at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.

The laboratory information systems are interfaced to most analysers and linked through the hospital network to wards, departments, other hospitals in the region and all GP surgeries. It is possible for medical practitioners to view patient test results from any approved location in the region.

During Core hours the laboratory is routinely staffed and can respond to most requests

Accreditation Status

The following EPA departments have tests which are currently accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to BS EN ISO15189:2012:

    • Clinical Biochemistry at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
    • Haematology at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
    • Microbiology

The full scope of tests which are accredited to ISO15189:2012 can be found by opening the links below:

Clinical Biochemistry accreditation no. 10294

Haematology accreditation no. 10295

Microbiology accreditation no. 10296

Out of Hours

Outside the Core hours qualified Biomedical Scientists are always available to perform all urgent and a range of routine tests. There is always a Duty Consultant for each speciality on call to answer any clinical queries

How to Find Us

The Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology & Transfusion and Immunology departments are located on  Level 1 in the East Block .

Please use the In Patients East and Centre Entrances and follow the signs to Pathology

If you are coming by car and need to park, the closest carpark/s are K, L, M

Microbiology is located in the NRPIC building, just off Colney Lane, there is limited visitor parking

There are combined Blood Sciences Laboratories located at the James Paget University Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn.

Opening Times

Monday 09:00 – 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:30
Thursday 09:00 – 17:30
Friday 09:00 – 17:30
Saturday 09:30 – 12:30
Sunday 09:30 – 12:30

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number: 01603 286929