The Trust’s pathology services are managed by the Pathology Partnership – a joint venture between six NHS trusts in the East of England that have come together to modernise delivery of pathology services for hospitals, GPs and patients.

The Partnership was formed in May 2014 in response to changes driven by commissioners and NHS England to transform pathology services and follow the best practice recommendations set out in the 2008 Carter Report on Pathology.

The six Trusts in this NHS joint venture are:

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By consolidating pathology services into a network of laboratories across a wider geographical area, the partnership will deliver significant efficiencies and benefits for patients, hospitals and GP surgeries.

For more information on blood, urine and other pathology tests please use the lab tests online website.


Your results are sent to your doctor using electronic reporting systems, so you should contact your doctor’s surgery for your results.

Introducing a new and efficient way of managing pathology services

A programme of modernisation and standardisation of practices across the laboratories within the Pathology Partnership is underway. Each hospital within the Partnership retains an on-site pathology service focusing on turning round critical tests promptly for patients in their own hospitals.
The Partnership’s laboratories operate on a hub and satellite model with non-urgent GP testing being consolidated at the hub laboratories in Cambridge and Ipswich. Smaller satellite laboratories operate from the other locations within the Partnership and will focus on fast turnaround on critical tests for their own inpatients.

This model of working allows the service to be more responsive to the requirements of hospitals and GPs.

Microbiology tests for hospitals and GPs are being centralised at the hubs in Cambridge and Ipswich under the management of Public Health England (PHE).  You can contact PHE by emailing:

Useful contact numbers

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Phlebotomy (blood tests)

For a full list of blood testing clinics that are run by the Pathology Partnership from the Trust’s hospitals, well as a number of community-based locations, please click here.

Pathology service opening hours

Hertford County

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 3.45pm

Lister Hospital

  • Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm (excluding bank holidays)
  • Saturday 8.45am to 12:45pm

New QEII Hospital

  • Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.30pm (excluding bank holidays)
  • Friday 8:00am to 5.00pm

Key contacts

Pathology clinical director
01707 224 888

Pathology diagnostic services manager
01438 284 045

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