Treatment of Urine Infections
Posted on 25 Jun 2011
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At a recent audit, conducted by the surgery, it was found that a high proportion of patients with uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI’s) were consulting a doctor at the surgery for advice and a prescription.
There are well established national guidelines (issued by SIGN 2006) that advise simple uncomplicated UTI’s in non pregnant females, can initially be treated with antibiotics without the need for testing a sample at the surgery or laboratory. The initial antibiotic course should only be for 3 days. Uncomplicated symptoms include
·Pain on passing urine
·Passing urine frequently
·Lower stomach tenderness without a temperature or back pain
If you experience symptoms as stated above, we suggest you initially ask for a telephone consultation to assess if you need to be seen or whether the initial prescription can be issued over the phone.
The above guidelines do not apply to men and the elderly, those with abnormal urinary tracts, impaired kidney functionor immune system.
For further information please feel free to read the SIGN guidelines