Guidance

Urinary tract infection: diagnostic tools for primary care

Quick reference materials for primary care on diagnosing and understanding culture results for urinary tract infections (UTI).

Documents

Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide for primary care

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Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide for primary care

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Details

This guidance describes when to:

  • send urine for culture in adults and children
  • consider a UTI in adults over 65 years
  • consider a UTI in women under 65 years
  • consider a UTI in infants and children

The guidance was out for public review from 16 May to 5 June 2018. For more information, please refer to the consultation document and feedback report.

The flowchart and table summary for adults over 65 years is currently under endorsement review to ensure alignment with national guidance on catheter associated urinary tract infections.

This review version will be updated once this process is completed. Please email TARGETAntibiotics@phe.gov.uk for a version with highlighted changes.

Published 21 November 2007
Last updated 8 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide.
  2. Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide and flowcharts.
  3. Added link to the public consultation 'Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide'.
  4. Updated version of documents.
  5. Latest update April 2011, under review September 2014.
  6. First published.