fbpx

COVID-19 update:  Our hospital is still fully open for appointments and admissions, however visitors are not permitted.

Urinary Tract Infection

A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, usually caused by bacteria that is able to enter the urinary system through the urethra, or occasionally through the bloodstream.

Urinary tract infection symptoms

Urinary infection symptoms are often termed cystitis or urethritis, although this terminology refers to inflammation of the bladder or urethra, which can be caused by diseases other than those of bacterial origin. The symptoms of UTI can vary, depending on whether the infection affects the lower (bladder and urethra) or upper (kidneys and ureters) parts of the urinary tract.

Lower urinary tract infection symptoms

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • The need to pass urine more frequently than normal
  • Need to hurry to the toilet to pass urine
  • Urine can be cloudy with a strong odour

Upper urinary tract infection symptoms

People with upper urinary tract infection are likely to experience the symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection (shown above) as well as those listed below.

  • Feeling unwell.
  • Having a high temperature and chills.
  • Loin (kidney) pain.
  • The patient is likely to be ill and could require hospital admission.

Types of urinary tract infections

Uncomplicated (simple) UTI

No structural or functional abnormality within the urinary tract or underlying disease is known to increase the risks of acquiring infection or failing therapy.

Complicated UTI

Structural or functional abnormality of the urinary tract or the presence of an underlying disease that increases the risk of acquiring an infection or failing therapy.

How common are urinary tract infections?

UTIs are more common in women than in men. Approximately 50 per cent of women will need treatment for at least one UTI during their lifetime:

  • UTIs occur rarely in men and all such episodes warrant investigation.
  • UTIs in children can cause kidney damage, so prompt treatment is important.
  • Treating UTIs in pregnant women is also vital as, left untreated, a UTI can cause low birth weight or premature birth.

 Treatment of urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections are normally treated with an antibiotic and symptoms usually start to improve within 24 hours. People who suffer recurrent UTIs usually find drinking sufficient fluids is helpful, washing and passing urine after sexual intercourse can also help. Occasionally patients with recurrent or difficult UTIs need to take continuous low doses of antibiotics.

Surgery is sometimes needed to correct an abnormality of the urinary tract that increases the likelihood of an individual having an infection. Children with vesicoureteric reflux may require preventative antibiotics for a period of time, but the condition usually improves without surgery as they grow older. If the UTI is caused by the presence of renal stones, these will need to be removed using lithotripsy.

Contact London Urology

London Urology has years of experience in treating Urinary Tract Infections in both men and women and have a variety of specialist Consultants available to provide treatment. To book a consultation you can email us londonurology@hje.org.uk or call our unit coordinator on 020 7432 8297.

Urology Clinic

Our private urology clinic in London uses the latest techniques to give you the best diagnosis, intervention and aftercare for any urology problem you may be suffering from, allowing you to get back to your normal life as soon as possible.  We provide our urology Consultants with the most modern diagnostic equipment, so they can quickly find out what’s wrong. They also have four operating theatres at their disposal to carry out procedures, which cuts waiting times.

A patient speaking to a receptionist

Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7432 8297.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

    Make an enquiry

    Latest articles

    The latest news, insights and views from St John and Elizabeth Hospital.

    Find out what we’re doing to keep you safe, read expert articles and interviews with our leading specialist Consultants, learn more about common conditions and get your questions answered.

    Remember to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get the latest news sent straight to your inbox.

    a close up of above the pelvic region - a blog post about urology

    23rd July 2021

    What does a urologist do on the first visit?

    We look at the complex world of urology and what to expect on the first visit to a urologist.

    dr showing how to examine breasts for lumps

    16th July 2021

    How regular screenings at a breast clinic can keep you healthy

    Having screenings at a breast clinic can put your mind at rest or allow you to take early action if something abnormal is found.

    private surgeons performing a hernia operation

    09th July 2021

    Scheduled for a hernia operation? Here’s what to expect

    We look at hernias and the different types that can occur, what kind of symptoms might tell you you have a hernia and what to expect if you’re scheduled to have a hernia operation.

    A smiling nurse

    02nd July 2021

    How much does a cervical screening cost?

    Wondering how much a cervical screening costs? We examine this important procedure and…

    a close up of female skin side shoulder view

    18th June 2021

    Checking your skin at a private dermatology clinic

    We examine the functions of the skin, what can go wrong and when…

    a doctor talking to a patient at a private urgent care centre in london

    04th June 2021

    A private urgent care centre for when you need immediate attention

    There’s no need to wait around when you opt for a private urgent…

    A patient waiting at London Urology

    28th May 2021

    The 3 most common prostate problems you need to know about

    One in five men will experience prostate problems at some point in their…

    Fibroscan at The Gi Unit

    14th May 2021

    What is a Fibroscan: Five facts you may not know

    A Fibroscan is a simple, painless and non-invasive procedure used to accurately assess…

    International Nurses Day blog banner

    11th May 2021

    International Nurses Day 2021 at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital

    This year’s theme of International Nurses Day is: “A Voice to Lead –…

    Close up of woman exercising on gym machine

    23rd April 2021

    Mr Dimitrios Tsekes: How to avoid a bicep injury in the gym, and how to treat a bicep tendon tear

    Mr Dimitrios Tsekes, a leading orthopaedic and upper-limb surgeon at our Shoulder Unit,…

    12th March 2021

    Patient safety awareness: our pledge

    Patient safety is at the heart of St John & St Elizabeth Hospital’s…

    03rd March 2021

    Ask the Expert: Cataracts

    Cataracts are a common issue affecting older adults, where cloudy patches form on…