Primary care guidance: diagnosing and managing infections

Guidance on diagnosis of infections, using the microbiology laboratory, and appropriate use of antibiotics and antifungals in primary care.

GPs and other health professionals in primary care can use this series of quick reference guides for diagnosis of infectious disease including knowing when to use the microbiology laboratory and how to understand results. They also provide guidance on appropriate use of antibiotics and antifungals.

The templates have been produced in consultation with GPs and specialists in the field.

PHE discourages major changes to the guidance but the editable format allows minor changes to suit local service delivery and sampling protocols.

Comments should be sent to:

Public Health England Primary Care and Interventions Unit

4th Floor
Twyver House
Bruton Way



Published 1 February 2013
Last updated 16 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide' to the consultations section.

  2. First published.