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Changes to Urine Testing
Posted on 7 Jan 2020
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.