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).

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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 quick reference tool for primary care providers 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

Contact TARGETAntibiotics@phe.gov.uk if you would like further information or a version with changes highlighted.

Published 21 November 2007
Last updated 19 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated diagnostic tool, based on user feedback. Provided clarity on CAUTI management, age group focus for the flowcharts and information on when to refer for further assessment.

  2. Updated tables and flowcharts for adults over-65 in the quick reference tool, which has been newly endorsed by NICE to follow guidance on managing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

  3. Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide.

  4. Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide and flowcharts.

  5. Added link to the public consultation 'Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide'.

  6. Updated version of documents.

  7. Latest update April 2011, under review September 2014.

  8. First published.