UTI / Urine Samples

What is a UTI?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect your urinary tract, including your bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) or kidneys (kidney infection). UTIs may be treated with antibiotics, but they're not always needed.

Symptoms of a UTI

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) may include:

•  Pain or a burning sensation when peeing (dysuria)
•  Needing to pee more often than usual
•  Needing to pee more often than usual during the night (nocturia)
•  Needing to pee suddenly or more urgently than usual
•  Pee that looks cloudy
•  Blood in your pee
•  Lower tummy pain or pain in your back, just under the ribs
•  A high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
•  A very low temperature below 36C

Your pee may also be dark or smell. If this is your only symptom, it might be because you've not been drinking enough water.

Please visit NHS website for more information on Urinary tract infection (UTIs).

What to do if you have a UTI

If you think you have a UTI please complete an Easy Access Request online, via Anima, or speak to our reception team.

Your request will go to our care team who will be in touch. They might ask you to bring a urine sample to the surgery for testing.*

*Please note a urine sample will not be accepted unless a clinician has asked for it.

Urine samples need to be handed in before 12:00pm midday, or as requested by the practice.

Urine Samples

We no longer accept urine samples unless:

A clinician has asked for it,

or

It as part of a long-term condition annual review. e.g. ACR for diabetes monitoring.

If you think you have a UTI please complete an Easy Access Request online, via Anima, or speak to our reception team.

Urine Protocol

*This document is currently being updated*

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