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White Topped Urine Bottles Have Various Uses Including:

1) Screening for infection - If symptomatic of a urine infection please label the white top urine bottle and hand this into reception who will then pass the sample bottle onto the Health Care Assistants. The sample will be tested with a urine stick. If the test is positive the sample will be transferred to a labelled Red top bottle by staff and put into  a pathology bag with a labelled form. This is then sent to Frimley Park Hospital for testing.

2) ACR testing (Albumin Creatinine ratio) - A test used to assess kidney efficiency in diabetics and people with chronic kidney disease. Prior to bringing in the bottle with your urine sample, during your previous visit, you should have been given a bottle, clear bag and a completed pathology form. This labelled bottle/urine sample can be put into the hospital collection bag located in waiting room on the counter next to the entrance door. Please put the bottle into the clear bag along with the pathology form. The sample is then sent to Frimley Park Hospital for testing.

Please note that this test is required annually for diabetics and those patients with chronic kidney disease.

24hr Urine bottles

White 1litre size bottle used to collect urine over 24hr period.

Urine Bags

Urine bags are used to collect urine from babies and toddlers who are not able to use a urine bottle.


Pregnant patients will be give a white top bottle. If symptomatic and the dip stick screen test shows a urine infection then your sample will be sent to the hospital for analysis.

Red Topped Urine Bottles

These bottles contain boric acid and therefore they are not pre-tested at the surgery by our Health care assistants. If you are symptomatic of a urine infection then this bottle will be given to you when you visit your doctor or nurse. The Red top bottle with your urine sample needs to be placed into a clear pathology bag with a completed pathology form and placed into the hospital collection bag located on the counter near the surgery entrance door in the waiting room.

Red top bottles are only used where a patient is symptomatic of a urine infection. Please ensure that the bottle is at least half filled with urine. The hospital will not routinely check urine samples for infection unless the patient is showing signs of a urine infection (burning on passing urine, urgency)

Please note that the latest pick up time by the hospital for urine samples is 12 noon and there after this time samples will be kept in a fridge in reception until the next pick up time.

Stool Bottles

1) Stool analysis to check for infections in bowel

2) To check for Helicobacter pylori infection

3) Calprotectin - used to look for occult (hidden) blood to identify inflammatory bowel conditions as opposed to irritable bowel

4) Other tests - faecal elastase test, lactose intolerance test etc

A bottle will be given to you at your doctor or nurse appointment. When passing a motion please scoop a portion into the bottle and tightly seal the lid. Please place into a clear bag with pathology form and place into hospital bag located on the counter near the surgery entrance door.

Semen Analysis

For this test please request a pre-labelled pot and purple type 4 semen analysis forms. These are available from our Health Care Assistants and your doctor/nurse will  request these for you.

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