Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Consultation

Urinary Tract Infections are very common with 1 in 2 Australian women experiencing a UTI in their lifetime. They can be uncomfortable, or even painful and may lead to more serious infections in some cases so timely treatment is important.

Women (18-65 years old) who think they may have an uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) can book a private consultation with one of our trained pharmacists. Your pharmacist will need to ask some questions to confirm a diagnosis and ensure they are able to provide the best advice and care for you. This may include the provision of antibiotics and/or other products and lifestyle advice as deemed appropriate by the pharmacist.

Walk in appointments are welcome, however please call your local store first if you’re not sure they are providing the service

Do I need to see a GP instead?

Some patients will need to be see their GP instead of a pharmacist to receive treatment for a UTI because it is likely to be outside the scope of a simple uncomplicated infection. For example:

What is a UTI?

A UTI or urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of the urinary system – this includes the kidneys, the ureters, bladder, or urethra. The most common type of UTI is a bladder infection, more commonly known as cystitis.

How are they caused?

Most UTIs are caused when bacteria normally present in the anus moves into the urinary system, resulting in an infection.

Signs and Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection may include:

In young children UTIs may cause fever, jaundice, vomiting, irritability, bed wetting and reduced interest in food.

In the elderly a UTI may result in confusion, delirium, or changes in behaviour.

Who is most at risk of UTIs?

Why is prompt treatment important?

Whilst most UTIs will not be serious, in some cases an untreated UTI may spread to the kidneys. A kidney infection is serious, requiring urgent treatment from a doctor. Symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea and/or vomiting, back and side pain may indicate a kidney infection. In very rare cases, an untreated UTI may lead to sepsis which is an infection of the blood stream that can be life threatening.

What treatments are available for a UTI?

Guidelines recommend antibiotic treatment to decrease the duration and severity of symptoms, as well as to prevent progression to more serious conditions such as kidney infections. Where it is possible for you to be treated by your pharmacist, they will ask a series of questions to ensure they are providing an antibiotic that is safe and appropriate for you.

Should you be prescribed antibiotics your symptoms should improve within 2 days of commencing treatment. It is important you complete the course even if you are feeling better. This will help to prevent a recurrence of your infection.

Simple pain relief such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with symptoms of a UTI too. Check with your pharmacist if these are appropriate for you.

What can I do to prevent a UTI?

There are a number of self-care strategies that can help to prevent a UTI.

A consultation for members will be $29.95, and for non-members it will be $34.95.

Check with your pharmacist about antibiotic pricing. Antibiotics may not be appropriate for all patients. A fee will apply for the consultation regardless of whether antibiotics are supplied.

Note – the terms women and females have been used to include any patient with biologic female anatomy.

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