Urine for Microscopy and Culture

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How much does it cost?

Please note – In addition to the price of tests, there is also a phlebotomy cost for the withdrawal and handling of your sample. This is a standard charge across all clinics. The cost of sample handling is £50, but this is discounted to £30 only if paid in advance. Please choose the pay later option to pay the full amount upon your arrival at the clinic or choose pay now in order to pay in advance and secure the discounted fee.

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Urine for Microscopy and Culture
Comprehensive analysis of a Urine sample and growth of bacteria
Features:
  • Urine culture
  • Urine analysis

How does it work?

1

Find your test(s)

Browse our tests and profiles. If the test you are looking for is not on our website, contact us for more information. We have 1000+ tests.

2

Book an appointment

Click “book now” & select the date and time. If you do not know which test you need, or if you need multiple tests, select “general appointment”. Pay for your appointment in advance & save £20 on phlebotomy fees.

3

Visit our clinic

Upon arrival at the clinic, our staff will confirm your test selection, and take the samples required to provide you your reports.

4

Receive your results

After analysing your sample in our lab, you will receive a PDF report by email. Most results are available within 24 hours.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract, and women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include frequent urination, pain or burning sensation when urinating, blood in the urine, and abdominal pain.

What can I test?

Urine Culture

Usually urine does not contain significant numbers of any microorganism, but if bacteria are introduced into the urinary tract, they can multiply and a urinary tract infection (UTI) can develop. For a urine culture test, a sample of urine is examined under the microscope and cultured for 18 hours to check for any bacterial growth. If there is an infection found, the culture is extended so the laboratory can determine an effective antibiotic which will be able to fight the infection.

Protein

Protein can temporarily appear in the urine when there is infection or inflammation in the urinary tract. If it persists it can be a sign of underlying illness causing the kidneys to leak protein. This test uses a urine dipstick to provide an estimate of the amount of protein present in a urine sample.

Urine Blood

This test checks for the presence of red and white blood cells in the urine which may arise for a number of reasons including an infection or problems with the kidneys and bladder.

Ketone

If the body's cells don't get enough glucose, fat is burned instead for energy. This produces a substance called ketones, which can show up in your blood and urine. High ketone levels in urine may indicate diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a complication of diabetes that can lead to serious health problems. If you have diabetes, ketones in urine can indicate you are not getting enough insulin.

pH

The kidneys are one of the most important mechanisms the body uses to maintain a constant body pH. Measuring urine pH can help to assess kidney function.

Urobilinogen

Urobilinogen is formed from the breakdown of bilirubin, a substance found in the liver that aids in the breakdown of red blood cells. Normal urine contains some urobilinogen.

Red Blood Cells

Red blood cells are not normally found in urine. They are released when there is inflammation or infection within the urinary tract.

White Cell Count Urine

White blood cells are key to your body's immune or defence system. They fight infections and protect your body from foreign invaders such as harmful germs and bacteria.

Crystals

Urine contains many chemicals which on occasion can form solid crystals. It is normal to have a few small urine crystals but larger crystals or specific types of crystals can eventually form kidney stones. Testing for urine crystals helps to assess kidney health.

Epithelial cells

Epithelial cells line various surfaces of the body including the skin, blood vessels, organs and urinary tract acting as a protective barrier.

Casts

Urinary casts are tiny tube-shaped particles that may be found when a urine sample is examined under the microscope during a urinalysis test. Casts can be made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, kidney cells, protein or fat. The presence and content of a urinary cast help to assess kidney health and function.

Organisms

A sample of urine is analysed under the microscope to check for any organisms which may cause an infection.

Urine Culture

Usually urine does not contain significant numbers of any microorganism, but if bacteria are introduced into the urinary tract, they can multiply and a urinary tract infection (UTI) can develop. For a urine culture test, a sample of urine is examined under the microscope and cultured for 18 hours to check for any bacterial growth. If there is an infection found, the culture is extended so the laboratory can determine an effective antibiotic which will be able to fight the infection.

Protein

Protein can temporarily appear in the urine when there is infection or inflammation in the urinary tract. If it persists it can be a sign of underlying illness causing the kidneys to leak protein. This test uses a urine dipstick to provide an estimate of the amount of protein present in a urine sample.

Urine Blood

This test checks for the presence of red and white blood cells in the urine which may arise for a number of reasons including an infection or problems with the kidneys and bladder.

Ketone

If the body's cells don't get enough glucose, fat is burned instead for energy. This produces a substance called ketones, which can show up in your blood and urine. High ketone levels in urine may indicate diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a complication of diabetes that can lead to serious health problems. If you have diabetes, ketones in urine can indicate you are not getting enough insulin.

pH

The kidneys are one of the most important mechanisms the body uses to maintain a constant body pH. Measuring urine pH can help to assess kidney function.

Urobilinogen

Urobilinogen is formed from the breakdown of bilirubin, a substance found in the liver that aids in the breakdown of red blood cells. Normal urine contains some urobilinogen.

Red Blood Cells

Red blood cells are not normally found in urine. They are released when there is inflammation or infection within the urinary tract.

White Cell Count Urine

White blood cells are key to your body's immune or defence system. They fight infections and protect your body from foreign invaders such as harmful germs and bacteria.

Crystals

Urine contains many chemicals which on occasion can form solid crystals. It is normal to have a few small urine crystals but larger crystals or specific types of crystals can eventually form kidney stones. Testing for urine crystals helps to assess kidney health.

Epithelial cells

Epithelial cells line various surfaces of the body including the skin, blood vessels, organs and urinary tract acting as a protective barrier.

Casts

Urinary casts are tiny tube-shaped particles that may be found when a urine sample is examined under the microscope during a urinalysis test. Casts can be made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, kidney cells, protein or fat. The presence and content of a urinary cast help to assess kidney health and function.

Organisms

A sample of urine is analysed under the microscope to check for any organisms which may cause an infection.

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Patient reception

Our patient reception is located at 42 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7TS

Walking distance from Oxford Circus & a number of other underground stations.

Opening hours

Our opening hours are:

Monday to Friday

9.30AM - 7PM

Weekends

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