Urine Testing changes

Question – I think I may have a urine infection (UTI), what do I need to do?

Answer - Patients who believe that they have a UTI

The patient needs to contact the Pharmacy to be assessed on whether they need to see a GP, or can be treated by the pharmacist.

Cromarty surgery is not able to accept urine samples from patients who have not spoken to one of our clinical team. If the pharmacy suggests that the patient visits the surgery, then please call the reception team and they will organise the GP call the patient, or, will arrange an appointment if one is available.

Health boards north of the border are leading a scheme that sees community pharmacy treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) with antibiotics without patients needing to visit their GP

Adrian Mackenzie, lead pharmacist for community “This is not about savings. This is about making use of the skills that pharmacists have.

“Given the pressure we know surrounds GP members it was a fairly obvious way of how to support our GP colleagues and move the pharmacists into managing common clinical conditions.”

The Pharmacist. 2019. Scotland paves the way for UTI treatment in pharmacies - The Pharmacist. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.thepharmacist.co.uk/scotland-paves-way-uti-treatment-pharmacies/. [Accessed 16 January 2019].


It has predicted that the scheme could free up nearly 25,000 GP appointments a year.

Dr Alasdair Jamieson, GP lead for Aberdeen City with NHS Grampian, said the health board has made these changes to ensure women are able to get the “right treatment at the right time”.

“For a significant proportion of women [with symptoms of a UTI] it would be appropriate to be seen and treated by their community pharmacy,” he added.

90 Scottish pharmacists can prescribe antibiotics for UTIs | Chemist+Druggist. 2019. 90 Scottish pharmacists can prescribe antibiotics for UTIs | Chemist+Druggist. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/pharmacists-gain-key-role-new-scottish-antibiotics-scheme. [Accessed 16 January 2019].

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