Most people are diagnosed after going to see their GP when they notice symptoms. Your GP will talk to you about your symptoms and ask you for a sample of your urine. They can do a quick test to find out if there is any blood in your urine (haematuria). The sample is then sent to a laboratory to check for infection.
If you have blood in your urine, your GP will make sure there is no obvious reason for this, such as an infection.
Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if:
- you can see blood in your urine which can’t be explained
- you can still see blood in your urine after having treatment for a urine infection
- a urine test finds blood in your urine and you have urinary symptoms but don’t have a urine infection.
Most people are referred to a haematuria clinic for tests and to see a specialist. You can usually have most of the tests done on the same day.
Some people are referred to hospital to see a specialist. You may see a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating urinary, bladder and kidney problems (a urologist). Or you may see a nurse called a urology nurse specialist.