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Do you live in London and think you have a UTI? Would you like to try a fast-tracked test & treat service? Sign up here to try the Dip UTI smartphone-powered test

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JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Jan-20 10:41:19

Dip UTI has asked us to find some more Mumsnet users in London who currently suspect they have a UTI to try out their home testing kits and report back on Mumsnet via a private thread. We’re also looking for a handful of users who would be willing to take part in a video interview about their experience following the testing period.

Here’s what Dip UTI has to say: “Dip UTI allows you to test for a UTI with your smartphone, receive clinical-grade results in minutes and access prescription-only medication at the pharmacy, without seeing a GP, if your results and symptoms indicate a UTI.”

And here’s what a Mumsnet tester from the previous test had to say: “The app takes you through every step, and the whole process takes about 5 minutes. My test was negative so I didn't have to get any treatment. I'd definitely buy it if I suspect a UTI - it's quick and convenient, without the (lengthy) wait for a doctors appointment.”

We’re aware that if you’re signing up to this test you’ll be looking for a test and treatment ASAP, so we’ll be checking in on sign ups daily. If you sign up by 1pm (Monday to Friday) and you’re selected to take part you’ll receive a kit same day.

If you’re selected, you’ll be sent a Dip UTI home testing kit via courier and a £15 Boots voucher, which you can use to purchase medication to treat your UTI should you need to. As a part of the test you’ll need to download the Dip UTI app to use alongside the test kit. After you’ve completed the test we’ll ask for you to give your feedback on a private thread on Mumsnet.

If you’re interested in taking part, please sign up here.

Thanks and good luck!

MNHQ

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*Please note the Dip UTI kit isn’t suitable for you if you’re pregnant, have diabetes or have a catheter.

mrsshardlake Mon 13-Jan-20 18:12:55

Is it suitable for children?

MozzchopsThirty Mon 13-Jan-20 18:42:55

Oh I would love this, shame I'm not in London

Lushers Mon 13-Jan-20 22:17:57

I work in London and get UTIs a lot! Felt one brewing recently but think it's going...

naughtymutha Mon 13-Jan-20 22:30:01

I tried this. Ordered on boots website and results said I had some blood. Then went to gp with another sample which was sent to lab and came back normal.

Loved the idea of it but conflicted by results.

JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 14-Jan-20 12:14:25

Hi @mrsshardlake - we're afraid not, this service is suitable for women aged 16 to 65

@MozzchopsThirty - apologies that you're not able to take part! We're looking for testers in London only due to the ability to deliver kits to them quickly, but the kit is available more widely in Boots stores.

MozzchopsThirty Tue 14-Jan-20 13:28:03

@JustineBMumsnet yes I understand

I hope they do something similar in wales
I've had so many UTIs and am also a nurse and just can't understand all the barriers put in place until you're peeing blood and dying with pain!

Tellingitlikeitisnt Tue 14-Jan-20 19:39:39

@MozzchopsThirty if you are a nurse then you surely fully understand why antibiotics are not given out freely to anyone who even vaguely suspects a UTI?

Tellingitlikeitisnt Tue 14-Jan-20 19:41:13

Current UK guidance is not to dip or test urine if symptoms in appropriate patients (such as being offered to here) give symptoms suggestive of a lower urinary tract infection.
The guidance advises practitioners to offer first line antibiotics on the prescience of symptoms alone.

MozzchopsThirty Tue 14-Jan-20 19:50:04

@Tellingitlikeitisnt of course but I'm also a 44 year old woman who knows a UTI when it arrives, I don't understand having to jump through so many hoops before I'm given medication

The fact that I'm sensible and nurse educated means I wouldn't be asking if I didn't need them

Divebar Wed 15-Jan-20 08:49:29

I think when you suffer with them regularly you get very proficient at treating yourself ( bicarb, drinking loads etc ). If it continues despite that enough to warrant a doctors appointment then I know I’m going to need antibiotics. I even know what antibiotics I need. That’s assuming it’s not a kidney infection...those make cystitis look like amateur hour.

Tricicorn Fri 17-Jan-20 10:41:48

Apart from microscopy of a fresh sample, tests for UTI miss many infections. The dipstick test along with lab cultures are not fit for purpose and too many women are left untreated and develop chronic infection which blights their life.

The most reliable guide as to whether a woman has a uti is herself. Too many times tests prove negative leaving women untreated and suffering unnecessarily.

New tests and apps find bacteria which is present in normal bladders and go on to attribute these as causes where they are in fact entirely normal.

Beware home kits and apps. They are rarely based on good science and all too often are founded around wishful thinking and assumption.

We deserve better and hopefully the current best practice regarding tests and treatment will be adopted throughout the Nhs. We deserve better than outdated inaccurate testing and smartphone apps.

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