Cystitis or urinary tract infection (UTI) is the second most common bacterial infection in the UK and around half of all women will experience at least one in their lifetime. UTI accounts for 1-3% of GP appointments. Even for simple infections rates of recurrence are high. 20-30% of patients fail initial antibiotic treatment and up to 70% experience another UTI within a year.
CUTIC, The Chronic Urinary Tract Infection Campaign, was founded by a group of sufferers of chronic UTIs to lobby Parliament and seek change in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of chronic urinary tract infections.
They have produced an Information Sheet for patients to take to their GP – it can be read here.