The three Andrology Departments that are based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn (QEH) are all part of the Eastern Pathology Alliance (EPA) which is a managed Pathology network. The Laboratory’s services include Basic Semen Analysis, Post Vasectomy Semen Analysis and Vasectomy Reversal Semen Analysis. In order to maintain high standards of analysis this department participates in national external quality assessment schemes (EQA) for basic semen analysis and performs internal quality assessments for post vasectomy semen analysis. The Department is working towards compliance with ISO 15189, Medical laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence.
These department pages provide information about how users can access our services, who to contact for advice, which tests we perform, sample requirements, normal ranges and turnaround times. This information is accurate at the time of issue and is reviewed and updated regularly to incorporate new developments. For patients using this website, please note that any information provided should not be used for self-diagnosis and should you have any concerns about your health please consult your GP.
If you find any errors within this document or would like to make any comments and/or suggestions for improvement, please contact Diane Murley, EPA Quality Manager on 01603 286900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Requesting Andrology Tests Please click here for information about requesting tests.
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Patients must read the Information Leaflet 7 days prior to their appointment as it contains important information regarding sample collection and abstinence period criteria.
NOTE: All procedures and investigations carried out on a patient need the informed consent
of the patient.
For most routine laboratory procedures, consent can be inferred when the patient presents himself or herself at a laboratory, or other suitable area, within a primary or secondary care setting, with a request form and willingly submits to the usual collecting procedure.
The laboratory infers informed consent has been obtained when samples are received. It is the responsibility of the clinician requesting the test to ensure that informed consent has been obtained.
This consent includes notification to third parties where required by law for example under
the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010: we are required to notify any infection
of public health significance to local public health department as mandated by the regulation.
Please ensure your patient is aware of this before submission of samples for testing.
Results are reported within 7 working days of receiving the sample and are sent directly to the requesting clinician via Web ICE.
Due to IG compliance requirements, results cannot be communicated directly to patients.
We advise patients to book a telephone appointment with a GP between 7-10 days after your sample delivery appointment in order to obtain your results, which enables you to discuss your results in detail with the opportunity to ask questions.
Patients are also advised to read the following leaflets below to assist with understanding their results.
The Andrology service is run on an appointment basis only and patients need to have been issued with a request form prior to calling the laboratory to book a sample delivery appointment. Any samples received outside these hours and without a pre-booked appointment may be rejected for testing.
The JPUH offer 5 appointments on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 09:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. The Andrology Department at the JPUH is located on the ground floor along the west corridor at the rear of the building signposted: PATHOLOGY.
The NNUH offer 6 appointments on a Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday between 08:30 a.m. to 14.00 p.m. The Andrology Department at the NNUH is located on Level 1 in the East Block and is signposted: PATHOLOGY. Look for the Pathology reception window.
The QEH offer 5 appointments on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 09:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. The Andrology Department at the QEH is located on the ground floor in area 4 at the rear of the building signposted: PATHOLOGY/BLOOD TESTS.
Note: Patients will need to use the telephone located on the wall on the right-hand side, in the Pathology waiting area to contact a member of the Andrology team to inform them of their arrival. You do not need to take a ticket.
Appointments are only available to book after a valid request has been generated/completed by a clinician. Appointments are to be made by the patient via telephoning the laboratory using the telephone number provided on the request form (if requested electronically on Web ICE) or the patient information leaflet (if requested manually). The patient will need to confirm their full name, DOB, HRN/NHS number and address when booking their appointment and the location of the laboratory that they require their sample to be tested at; appointments are made centrally by the pathology office at the NNUH for all EPA laboratory locations.
The laboratory will send the patient a sample pack containing confirmation of their appointment and a pre-weighed non-toxic sample container, pre-analysis questionnaire and an information leaflet containing clear instructions the patient needs to follow prior to sample collection.
The Andrology service is run on an appointment basis only and patients need to have been issued with a request form prior to obtaining an appointment. Any samples received outside these hours and without prior appointments may be rejected for testing.
The JPUH offer 5 appointments on a Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between 09:00 and 14:00.
The Andrology Department at the JPUH is located on the ground floor along the west corridor at the rear of the building signposted ‘Pathology’.
The NNUH offer 6 appointments on a Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between 08:30 and 14.00 noon.
The Andrology Department at the NNUH is located on Level 1 in East Block and is signposted ‘Pathology’. Look for the Pathology reception window.
The QEH offer 5 appointments on a Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday between 09:00 and 14:00.
The Andrology Department at the QEH is located on the ground floor in area 4 at the rear of the building signposted: ‘Pathology/Blood Tests’
Note: Patients will need to use the telephone located on the wall outside Pathology to contact a member of the Andrology team to inform them of their arrival.
EWA-D-001 Last updated 18/08/2021 (1)