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Test & Treat Urinary Tract Infection Service

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Don't wait days to treat a UTI.

UTIs are common in women and while they can be very uncomfortable, they are usually easy to treat, especially when diagnosed on time.

We're supporting the new NHS UTI Test & Treat Service in our Lincolnshire pharmacies.

Most cases of UTIs require treatment which we will be able to offer without needing to see a GP.

Our pharmacists are fully qualified to interpret and advise your treatment options based on your results - which may include prescriptions medications.

UTI symptoms include:

  • Pain or stinging sensation when passing urine
  • Needing to pass urine suddenly
  • Cloudy urine
  • Passing small volumes of urine more frequently
  • Having to get up in the middle of the night to pass urine
  • Discomfort in your lower tummy

How does the service work?

One of our pharmacists will ask you a few questions about your symptoms and if you're eligible, they will offer you the Dip UTI test kit.

  • Start by downloading an app that will guide you through a urine dipstick test. (The app will be noted in your test kit).
  • The test is simple and will only take a few minutes to complete.
  • Once you've finished the test, you'll receive results immediately that will be displayed and stored in the app for 72 hours.

You'll need to return to the same pharmacy where you received the kit. The pharmacist will interpret your results and administer prescription medication, if appropriate, according to your results and symptoms.


FAQS

The kit and pharmacist consultation are provided by NHS England and are free of charge. If you require antibiotics you will have to pay the standard NHS prescription charge of £9.35 or get them for free if you are entitled.

Before you can access the service and provided with a test, our pharmacist will discuss the eligibility criteria with you.

The service is intended for women ages 16-64 who:

  • Are not pregnant
  • Do not suffer from recurring UTIs
  • Do not suffer from diabetes
  • Do not have visible blood in their urine
  • Do not have fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Own a compatible smartphone (iOS 12 and above, Android 6 and above)
  • Do not have a catheter

If you think you are eligible for the service and would like a testing kit, speak to your local pharmacist in your nearest pharmacy. They will be able to conduct your free consultation and give you more advice and information on the service.

Yes, all Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacies offer the service. Find your local pharmacy here.

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