A midstream sample means you do not collect the first or the last part of urine, the sample is collected from the middle part of the urine stream.
You will need to ask your GP practice for a special urine container and a form. Label the urine container with your name, date of birth, the date and time of the sample. Some surgeries will attach a pre-printed label to the urine pot with your details on.
Most urine infections do not require an MSU to be done. This is because they are diagnosed on the basis of your symptoms. However, there are some situations where an MSU is recommended which include:
You can store the urine sample in a fridge for up to 24 hours. Please ensure that it is not leaking and place it in a sealed plastic bag.
If a urine sample is not stored correctly then the bacteria can multiply and this can affect the accuracy of the test results.
Contact your GP surgery for the results, following any instructions your surgery may have given you on how to do this. The results are usually back within 2-4 days. Your practice can advise you if any further treatment is required.
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