Never collect urine from a bedpan, urinal or catheter bag. 24 hour urines and urine collected from catheter bags are not suitable and will not be processed.
Transport specimen to the laboratory in a sterile container within 1 hour of collection. If transport will be delayed, please refrigerate.
Mon - Sun, 24hrs
Urinalysis and Microscopy 3 hrs or urgently on request.Culture 24 to 48 hrs
Urinalysis (Urysis Combur 10 Test M),Microscopy & culture
Choosing Clinical Laboratory Tests Wisely Guidelines:
Many tests are not clinically indicated. Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection include: Dysuria, frequency, urgency, loin pain, polyuria, suprapubic tenderness, flank or loin pain and fever (in the absence of an alternative source for fever. Symptoms of UTI do NOT include cloudy or smelly urine.
Half of urine samples have significant contamination so are unhelpful and put the patient at risk of unneccessary and inaccurate treatment. Coach the patient in how to collect a clean MSU.
BPAC says: People with symptoms of uncomplicated UTI do not require a urine culture.
Follow up testing
Only repeat a urine culture within 24 hours if the previous sample was contaminated and the patient and the patient has not started antibiotics.
A note on the elderly
People with catheters
Catheter colonisation is the norm; treatment is only indicated if a patient has features of sepsis. CSUs frequently show polymicrobial colonisation and seldom establish a diagnosis of UTI.