Blood in the urine (haematuria)
Visible blood in the urine always requires investigation. It may be a result of a number of problems, ranging from infection to cancer, although sometimes no cause is found. Early investigation is important, and a CT scan and endoscopic examination of the bladder (cystoscopy) are required. We arrange these diagnostic tests in comfortable facilities at the patients convenience. Cystoscopy can be performed under a general or local anaesthetic, with local anaesthesia the patient experiences only minor discomfort. The results will be communicated directly after the procedure, and the patient will be able to leave soon afterwards.
Non-visible blood in the urine is usually detected by the GP using urine dipstick and is common. Despite often having no clear cause it may also be a sign of either kidney disease or the same urological problems that cause visible haematuria and therefore requires investigation in patients with risk factors for these conditions.