We have a pack of urine testing sticks in our History of Medicine Collection.
The strips test the content of urine and are used to detect and manage a wide range of medical disorders, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease and diabetes. These thin, plastic sticks have strips of chemicals on them. When in contact with urine, the chemical strips will change colour if certain substances are present or if certain levels are above, or below, normal which can indicate the presence of things like proteins, sugar, blood, and white blood cells. They are a convenient method of testing, but false-positive and false-negative results can occur.
Listen to Dr Gareth Jones, a local GP, talk about urine testing here: