How it works
This service will begin by the pharmacist analysing the colour of your urine and dipping a dipstick into the sample
Colour changes on the test strip will be produced within 60 seconds, and these will be compared to a standard colour scale
Your results will be interpreted and documented by your pharmacist, and you may be referred back to your doctor according to your results
What is a urinalysis?
A urinalysis is a test which measures the presence of several substances in urine, such as blood, protein and bacteria. Abnormal levels of certain substances in urine and/or the presence of substances that are not usually present, may detect disease states in their early stages, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease and high blood pressure.
Signs & Symptoms
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then it might be a good idea to have a urinalysis performed:
- Cloudy urine
- Foul smelling urine
- Increased frequency or urgency to pass urine
- Pain or discomfort whilst urinating
- Pain in the loins
- Waking up at night to pass urine
How to prepare
Before your consultation
Collect a sufficient urine sample in a clean, sterile container before visiting one of our pharmacies for a urinalysis. For the most accurate results, follow the below guidelines:
- Collect a urine sample first thing in the morning as it is more concentrated and more likely to detect abnormalities
- Ensure that you are not taking any antibiotics or large doses of vitamin C 3 days before the test as these may lower the sensitivity of the test
- Do NOT perform any strenuous physical activity e.g. jogging as blood and protein may appear in your urine without being signs of disease
- For women, it is advised not to perform the test 3 days before or after the period as these may falsify the test for blood
How to collect
An accurate sample
To get the most accurate results, a clean-catch method should be adopted to collect to sample midstream. This method involves the following steps:
how we test
The service will consist of our pharmacist dipping a test strip in your urine sample for approximately 1 second.
After 60 seconds, the colour on the test strip will be compared to the colour scale on the test strip vial for result interpretation.
The consultation will only take 5 minutes, but your pharmacist will take as long as necessary to answer any questions that you may have.
Yes. A payment of €3 for the service will be taken in the pharmacy at the time of your test.
No, you don’t. Your pharmacist may ask you to come at a certain time when the pharmacy is less busy to provide you the best service possible, or alternatively, you may want to request a particular time for peace of mind.