UTI Information Hub and Helpline

Our confidential UTI Information Hub and Helpline is here to help you.
Opening hours: Tuesday 10am-12noon Thursday 10am-12noon
Email: nurse@theurologyfoundation.org

Please note that the UTI service is not an emergency or crisis helpline. We will advise and support you but we are unable to diagnose any condition or prescribe treatments.

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Welcome to Our UTI Information Hub and Helpline 

At The Urology Foundation, we recognise that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are a major health concern affecting millions globally each year. These infections not only cause discomfort but can also significantly impact daily life and overall well-being. These infections touch a wide range of individuals, making them a universal issue that underscores the importance of awareness and proactive care.

These resources are dedicated to empowering, supporting, and informing those affected by UTIs, including patients, their relatives, and the general public. Our objectives are to:

  • Inform you about the nature and causes of UTIs, helping you understand why they occur and how they can be addressed.
  • Empower you with the knowledge to recognize symptoms early, seek effective treatment, and adopt preventive measures.
  • Support you by providing practical resources and guidance to manage the effects of UTIs on your life.
  • Signpost further resources and support options, ensuring you and your loved ones can access additional help when needed.
  • Encourage and empower people to try to access the treatment and support they require.

*These resources on UTI do refer specifically to Male and Female anatomy but are relevant for all genders.

Valuing Public and Patient Voices 

Your experiences matter: We acknowledge the frustration many feel due to the lack of available information on UTI and available treatments. We are committed to including the patient’s voice in our resources and encourage you to share your experiences with us. Your insights are invaluable in shaping future research and improving care for all.

Helpline opening hours

Our confidential UTI Information Hub and Helpline is here to help you.
Opening hours: Tuesday 10am-12noon Thursday 10am-12noon
To contact our helpline email: nurse@theurologyfoundation.org

Please note that the UTI service is not an emergency or crisis helpline. We will advise and support you but we are unable to diagnose any condition or prescribe treatments.

Areas of our focus

  • Understanding different types of UTIs and current challenges in diagnosing
  • Current management strategies for treating UTIs.
  • Medical treatments: Including the latest antibiotic regimens and other medical therapies currently recommended for UTIs.
  • Self-care and over-the-counter options: Covering the levels of evidence for adequate fluid intake, D Mannose, Vitamin C, cranberry products, probiotics, and their efficacy in relieving symptoms and possible role in UTI prevention..
  • The role of nutrition in supporting our immune systems and potential impact for UTI prevention
  • Current understanding: There is growing interest in the bladder biome and its role in chronic UTIs. Research is revealing more about how this complex ecosystem operates and its impact on urinary health.
  • Knowledge gaps: Despite advances, there remains much we do not understand about the bladder biome and the persistent nature of chronic UTIs. These gaps highlight the need for continued research.
  • Future research focus: Ongoing studies aim to uncover new treatments and improve outcomes by exploring microbial interactions in the urinary tract, resistance mechanisms, and the influence of genetic factors and individual immune systems on UTI susceptibility.

Future Prospects and Research

  • Emerging treatments: Whilst more research needs to be done, we are optimistic about potential new treatments, such as UTI vaccines and novel antimicrobial agents, aimed at combating drug-resistant bacteria and to offer an alternative to antibiotics.
  • Research areas: Focus includes better understanding the microbiology of the urinary tract, dietary impacts on UTI risk, and innovative diagnostics for faster and more accurate detection.

Additional Resources for Professionals

In time, we will be adding resources to assist those working with individuals affected by UTIs, enhancing their ability to deliver effective care and improve patient outcomes.

We hope that the resources provided here will be invaluable in your health management journey, whether you are managing your own health, supporting a loved one, or caring for patients with UTIs.

Medical Disclaimer

Please see our medical disclaimer available here.

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