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Changes to Urine Testing
Posted on 28 Aug 2019
As of the 2nd of September 2019 the surgery will no longer be accepting urine samples dropped in to be tested, unless requested by a Doctor or Nurse. New guidelines available state that we are testing samples unnecessarily. Up to half of older adults will have bacteria present in the bladder/urine without an infection. This is called asymptomatic bacteriuria. It is not harmful, and although it causes a positive urine dipstick, antibiotics are not beneficial and may cause harm.
The following leaflet: Treating your infection - URINARY TRACT INFECTION (TYI-UTI) leaflet:
will help to increase self- care and reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing.
We as a Practice want to ensure that our patients are getting the best possible care and treatment. If you have symptoms and are unwell, you will have to request a phone call from the Duty Doctor, who will then decide the correct course of treatment. It the Doctor requests that a urine sample is needed, the sample pot will be available from Reception. This will include a leaflet on how to obtain a clean sample of urine.