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How to collect a urine sample

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Female Sample:
If you are doing a sample at the hospital, the nurse may give you a small clean bowl. Follow the cleaning and collecting instructions below then give the bowl and sample to the nurse.
1. Your Doctor or Nurse will give you a small pot with a red lid for the urine sample.
2. In the bathroom, wash your hands with soap and water then dry them.
3. Remove the lid from the pot. Do not touch the inside of the lid or the inside of the pot. Place the lid flat side down on the counter.
4. Using a clean moist wipe or clean washcloth with soap and water wash your genital area from front to back.
5. Separate your genital folds (also called lips or labia) with your hand. Wipe gently inside the folds, rinse the area with clean water then dry the area carefully with a clean towel.
6. Start urinating into the toilet. After the first part of the urine has gone into the toilet, put the clean bowl or pot under the stream of urine. Catch some urine in the pot/bowl (1/2 full is fine). Then remove the bowl/pot. You can finish urinating into the toilet.
7. If a bowl is used – inform nurse that you have provided a sample and they will collect the bowl from you and empty urine into the pot. If only pot is used – put the lid on the pot and wash your hands.
8. Label the pot clearly with your name, date and time of sample.
9. Give the urine sample to your nurse or GP surgery if sample taken at home, so they can send it to the hospital to be analysed.

Male Sample:
If you are doing a sample at the hospital, the nurse may give you a small clean bowl. Follow the cleaning and collecting instructions below then give the bowl and sample to the nurse.
1. Your Doctor or Nurse will give you a small pot with a red lid for the urine sample.
2. In the bathroom, wash your hands with soap and water then dry them.
3. Remove the lid from the pot. Do not touch the inside of the lid or the inside of the pot. Place the lid flat side down on the counter.
4. Before you start urinating, gently wipe the tip of the penis around the opening with a clean moist wipe or clean washcloth with soap and water (If you have not been circumcised and still
have your foreskin, gently pull the foreskin back before you wash the tip of the penis). Rinse the area with clean water then dry the area carefully with a clean towel.
5. Holding the bowl or urine pot in one hand, start to urinate into the toilet.
6. After the first part of the urine has gone into the toilet, put the bowl/pot under the stream of urine. Catch some urine in the bowl/ pot (1/2 full is fine). Then remove the bowl/pot. You can
finish urinating into the toilet.
7. If a bowl is used- inform nurse that you have provided a sample and they will collect the bowl from you and empty urine into the pot. If only pot is used- put the lid on the pot and wash your
hands.
8. Label pot clearly with your name, date and time of sample.
9. Give the urine sample to your nurse or GP surgery if sample taken at home, so they can send it to the Hospital to be analysed.