I have been asked to provide a urine sample. What is this for?
Urine tests may be required for:
The monitoring of a chronic health condition. For example, in diabetes a urine test can tell us whether the kidneys are affected by diabetes and at risk of complications.
To diagnose certain conditions when patients attend with certain symptoms such as a urinary tract infection, or check whether there is any blood in the urine (haematuria) which can signify other conditions
I understand that practices do not allow a ‘drop off’ of urine samples to ‘check’. Why is this?
You should only drop off a urine sample if it is indicated by a clinician to do so. Our friendly patient liaison officers have been advised not to accept a urine sample from you unless this has been explicitly directed by a clinician, or you have a note in your notes to suggest we will do so for monitoring a particular condition.
If you have urinary (or other symptoms) you need to have a consultation with a Doctor first to help determine a diagnosis. A urine sample is simply a diagnostic tool to help confirm or refute certain problems and identify when you may be at risk of complications. Simply dropping off a urine sample to check ‘if there is an infection’ does not allow concordance with clinical guidelines which advise a full clinical assessment must be undertaken to determine the cause. In such a case, please book an appointment as you would do for any problem.
Click here to see a guide as to what we look for after collecting a urine sample. There are two processes which can occur after a urine sample is collected. Firstly, the urine sample can be ‘dipped’. Secondly, the urine sample can be sent to the laboratory.