Helpful hint to make your GP consultation run smoother #1

Do you think you may have a Urinary Tract Infection?

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection can include needing to pee a lot more than normal (frequency), stinging or burning when you do (dysuria), seeing spots of blood in your urine (haematuria), have belly or lower back pain and having a fever.

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If you arrive early or are waiting for your doctor, please ask to see the clinic nurse to get a clean-catch urine specimen.

It may sound like I am may be telling you to “suck eggs” but if a urine specimen is contaminated by skin cells it the laboratory may report the presence of bacteria there were never in your urine. This may lead to unnecessary use of antibiotics and all its attended problems and cost.

For women
Open the sterile jar and hold it in one hand. Sit on the toilet with your legs wide apart. Use the fingers of your other hand to hold your labia apart. The urine should not touch either your labia or your fingers. Start passing urine directly into the toilet. After a few seconds, catch your urine in the container. Once the container is half filled, screw the cap on tightly.

For men
Open the sterile jar and hold it in one hand. Retract your foreskin if you have one. Start by passing urine directly into the toilet. After a few seconds, catch your urine in the container. Once the container is half filled, screw the cap on tightly.

Kids who are toilet trained can also do this.

For kids who are not yet toilet trained you need patience or some special techniques to get a uncontaminated urine specimen. The Quick-Wee is a interesting and less invasive alternative. As is the bladder tap and back massage techniques. Failing that, suprapubic aspiration or a urinary catheter

 

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