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Workshops to inform the design and development of a device for Rapid diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Primary Care

We are inviting you to be involved in the development of a new device that will test for UTI quickly, safely and reliably in a GP surgery.


  • Current urine sampling methods for UTI can be slow and unreliable
  • This project looks to develop a device to identify UTI in GP surgeries quickly
  • Our Workshops aim to provide key staff members within GP surgeries to support and inform the design and development of the device


Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common and unpleasant problem affecting thousands of people. GPs and others in primary care often diagnose patients based on symptoms, as the current urine testing methods to look for bacteria and inflammation can be slow and unreliable. As a result, antibiotics are often prescribed before there is a confirmed diagnosis of UTI. This prescription of antibiotics can be harmful to the patient if there is no infection and also impacts the wider community due to increasing risk of antibiotic resistance.

We are developing a device that will test for UTI quickly, safely and reliably in GP surgeries to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment for patients. To support this, we are running workshops with patients and key staff members in GP surgeries to understand how it will fit within current working practices, who the user of the device might be, and what design restraints it needs to have (such as size storage etc.)

A series of workshops will take place over the next 18 months, these will cover:

  • Understanding the context for the device, the user and design restraints
  • Providing feedback on prototypes of the device
  • Urine sample collection methods
  • Training and education for the final product.

Your involvement:

We would like to invite GP's, Practice Nurses, practice receptionists, pharmacists and any member of primary care with experience of dealing with UTI's in primary care to attend as many workshops as you are able to.

During the workshop, you will be asked to provide your views and opinions and some of your experiences.

The first workshop will take place :  5 April between 9.30am and 2pm

The second workshop will take place 10 May between 9.30am and 1.30pm

Both workshops will take place : The Board Room,  Health Technology Hub, University of West Of England, Frenchay, BS34 8QZ

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

For more information and to confirm your attendance please contact Angelo Micciche on 0117 4149334 or email :

Please confirm your attendance to the first workshop by the 24th March 2019 and the second workshop by 28th April 2019.