UTI Patient Research Group

Opportunity to be involved in the design and development of a device for Rapid diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection in Primary Care

We are looking at new ways of collecting urine samples from people with suspected Urinary Tract Infection in GP surgeries.
Current urine sampling methods for Urinary Tract Infections can be slow and unreliable.
We are developing a device that will test for UTI Infections quickly, safely and reliably in GP surgeries to ensure a more specific diagnoses and treatment for patients.

Why we are doing the project

Urinary tract infection 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 a Urinary Tract Infection or indeed the type of infection.
This prescription of antibiotics can be harmful to the patient if there is no infection and also impacts the wider community due to an increasing risk of antibiotic resistance.

How you can help

We are looking for members of the public to meet with the project team to help give input into the project at various stages of the project.

  • This may be sharing with us your thoughts on how to capture the urine assuming it’s a new container or stick to capture it to give to the GP practice.
  • Telling us what is important to you when you visit a GP with a suspected Urinary Tract Infection.

A series of feedback sessions will take place over the next 18 months,  possibly  once a quarter lasting no more than a couple of hours.

Travel will be reimbursed to and from the location in Bristol. A gesture of good will for your time will also be provided as well as refreshments.

If you would like to help us develop this important project, please contact angelo.micciche@nbt.nhs.uk  or  sharon.nolan@nbt.nhs.uk

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) i4i Programme, Grant Number IL-LB- 0417-20004. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.