Our Histopathology department diagnoses diseases from a wide range of tissues by selecting suitable samples for examination under the microscope. Patient specimens are received from several sources: the operating theatres, wards, endoscopy suites and out-patient clinics at NNUH and James Paget University Hospital from GPs from Norfolk and Suffolk, and occasionally dentists. We receive around 64,000 specimens a year.

Biomedical Scientists and Biomedical Support Workers carry out the technical work and the pathologists produce a report on each specimen which is sent to the appropriate clinician or doctor.


All tissue samples are examined under the microscope by a pathologist. Reports are then written, authorised and issued to the sender of the specimen and are available within NNUH and JPUH as appropriate.

90% of urgent and two-week wait samples are reported within 10 days, and around 90% of routine specimens are reported in four weeks.

Post Mortem Examinations

We carry out Post Mortem examinations of foetuses, neonates, children and adults, either on behalf of doctors (with relative’s consent) or for HM Coroner. Under exceptional circumstances, necropsies can be undertaken for general practitioners

Opening times

Monday 8.30am – 5pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5pm
Friday 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Contact details

Main telephone number: 01603 286014
Alternative telephone number: 01603 286015