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Urinary Tract Infection awareness and prevention

by Guy Murphy

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and NHS England (NHSE) are running a joint campaign to raise awareness of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) prevention, symptom recognition and treatment, including advice on how and when to seek help.

What is a UTI (urinary tract infection)?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the urinary tract, including the bladder, urethra, or kidneys. Sometimes a urinary tract infection can develop into a severe infection that can cause a person to become very ill and they may then need to go to hospital.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

A person with a UTI may have signs and symptoms including:-

  • Needing to pee more frequently, suddenly, or more urgently than
  • Pain or a burning sensation when
  • Needing to pee at night more often than normal
  • New pain in the lower
  • New incontinence or wetting themselves that is worse than
  • Kidney pain or pain in the lower
  • Blood in their wee
  • Changes in behaviour, such as acting agitated or confused (delirium). This could be a symptom of a UTI but could also be due to other causes, which need to be ruled out.
  • General signs of infection, like a fever, a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery, with shaking (rigors) or a very low temperature, below 36°C.
  • A person may experience fewer of these symptoms if they have a urinary tract infection

Preventing UTIs

What to do if you display symptoms

  • Contact a healthcare professional if you think you might have a This could be your GP, a nurse, the community pharmacist, a walk-in centre or the NHS 111 service.

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said “It’s important that we know the signs of a Urinary Tract Infection and seek help before the issue escalates. It is easily treatable. Ensure you keep well hydrated if you do have any of the symptoms, seek medical help.”