About Us

The Eastern Pathology Alliance (EPA) is a managed pathology network providing Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Andrology and Microbiology services to primary and secondary care providers across Norfolk and Waveney created in 2014 and was one of the first pathology networks in the UK.

The network has a hub and spoke configuration with laboratories and network management based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital representing the hub, and laboratories based at the James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn representing the spokes. Our Microbiology services are based just off the main hub site on the Norwich Research Park.

As a Network the EPA is committed to work under one management system, with network wide Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and policies wherever it is realistically practicable.

All EPA staff are employed by NNUH which acts as the legal entity responsible for EPA’s activities, but note that a number of medical staff engaged in EPA work are otherwise employed as follows:

  • Some additional Microbiology out of hours telephone cover is provided by staff employed by Cambridge University Hospitals Trust (CUH)
  • Haematology medical staff are employed by the Trust where they carry out their respective clinical practice, i.e. JPUH, NNUH and QEH
  • Andrology Clinical Leads are employed by JPUH (for JPUH), NNUH (for NNUH) and Bourn Hall, Wymondham (for QEH).

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Primary care services are provided through the Norfolk and Waveney CCG Clinical Commissioning Group.

EWG-H-002 Last updated 03/07/2021 (1)