Public Health England has published two quick reference guides for primary care, to be used for consultation and local adaptation, entitled Diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and Fungal skin and nail infections: diagnosis and laboratory investigation.

Diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTIs) includes guidance on:

  • when to send urine for culture in women and men over 65 years old
  • when to send urine for culture in women and men with catheters
  • when to consider a UTI in children aged between 3 months and 3 years old
  • when to consider a UTI in children under 3 months old

Fungal skin and nail infections: diagnosis and laboratory investigation includes guidance on:

  • when and how to take dermatological samples for fungal investigation
  • how to interpret the laboratory report
  • how to treat fungal skin and nail infections.

These two quick reference guides have been published as part of Public Health England’s ongoing series of guidance, Primary care guidance: diagnosing and managing infections. GPs and other health professionals in primary care can use this series of quick reference guides for diagnosis of infectious disease, including knowing when to use the microbiology laboratory and how to understand results. They also provide guidance on appropriate use of antibiotics and antifungals.