Haematuria (Blood in Urine)

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Seeing blood in your urine can be quite a stressful experience, especially when it’s accompanied by pain and discomfort. Even though the appearance of blood in your urine (haematuria) may be caused by a minor condition it is never normal and it can be a symptom of a serious underlying problem, such as kidney or bladder cancer. Therefore, it’s important to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible to prevent any significant damage to your health. 

Here, at Midland Health, we offer a private haematuria testing, diagnosis and treatment service, provided by an expert Urology Surgeon with decades of experience in the field. Our healthcare team will conduct all necessary investigations in our state-of-the-art clinic Edgbaston, at the heart of Birmingham, to pinpoint the cause of the bleeding in your urine and construct an efficient treatment plan to alleviate all unpleasant symptoms that you may be experiencing. 

You can book an appointment within days and without a referral so you can receive world-class medical care without any delay. 

Types and Symptoms of Haematuria

There are two types of haematuria: macroscopic (visible to the naked eye) or microscopic (detectable only under a microscope). 

The main symptoms of macroscopic haematuria include blood in the urine. It can vary from mild pink colour to crimson red, depending on the amount of blood present. You may also experience pain or discomfort during urination. Microscopic haematuria has no visible symptoms, so it’s generally detected during regular blood testing.

Common Causes of Haematuria

Bleeding in the urine can have two types of causes: urological and non-urological. Determining what has caused the haematuria allows our experts to create an effective treatment plan for you.

Urological Causes

The urological causes of haematuria include a number of conditions, such as: 

  • Urinary tract infections - inflammation or irritation of the urinary tract caused by bacteria
  • Kidney stones - salt and mineral hard deposits that can form in your kidneys resulting in severe pain and discomfort
  • Bladder cancer - a life-threatening condition caused by a malignant tumour formed in the bladder 

Non-Urological Causes

The non-urological causes of the appearance of blood in the urine can include: 

  • Medication - blood thinners, antibiotics penicillin, certain cancer medications, etc 
  • Systemic medical conditions (i.e. lupus) 
  • Sexual activity 
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Age-related non-visible haematuria - appearing in people aged over 60, usually, paired with high white cell count or painful urination (dysuria)

Haematuria Testing 

There are many different reasons for the appearance of blood in the urine, so here, at Midland Health, we carry out all the necessary diagnostics to find what has caused your haematuria and build a suitable treatment plan. 

At our urology clinic in Edgbaston, you will be examined by experienced specialists. Our Consultant Urologist will conduct a physical exam and discuss your medical history before ordering any additional tests and exams. 

Some of the haematuria diagnostic methods we can use as part of the investigation include:

  • Urine Test - a sample of your urine is tested in our laboratory to find out if there are any signs of infection or cancer cells
  • Blood Tests - a blood test can give us information about the function of your kidneys, a full blood count, as well as the levels of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood
  • Imaging tests - we use ultrasound, MRI and CT scans to detect abnormalities in your bladder, ureter and kidneys
  • Flexible Cystoscopy - this procedure includes a telescopic camera being passed down the water pipe of the bladder as part of a routine bladder examination. A local anaesthetic gel is used to reduce any discomfort during the exam 


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Our Experts

Dr Rupesh Bhatt

We work with Mr Rupesh Bhatt, a specialist Consultant Urological Surgeon who has years of experience in uro-oncology and laparoscopic urology. His impressive resume includes practising in London, Birmingham and Melbourne, Australia before becoming part of the team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in 2006.

Mr Bhatt is also renowned in the scientific field and has been the recipient of multiple medical awards. His medical research includes a doctorate in prostate cancer stem cells, as well as various publications, and research grants of over £70,000. MR Bhatt has also been featured in the  BBC TV series "Surgeons: At the Edge of Life: Last Chance Saloon" for his kidney cancer surgery expertise. 

In addition to haematuria diagnostics and treatment, Mr Bhatt offers patients in the Midlands a number of other services, including vasectomy, vasectomy reversal, PSA testing and adult circumcision.

Dr Shabi Ahmad

Dr. Shabi Ahmad is an experienced Urological Surgeon with expertise in complex stone surgeries. He also specialises in male and female incontinence, urinary tract infections, urological cancers, and other related conditions. Dr. Ahmad's dedication stems from a personal connection to kidney issues, and he actively contributes to charitable causes. Outside of work, he enjoys cricket and stays engaged with global affairs.

Why Us 

Seeing blood in your urine can be distressing so the medical team at Midland Health will ensure that you feel comfortable and assured throughout the entire testing and treatment process. Our patient-first approach to healthcare means that we place your needs before all and we are committed to providing the highest quality service as quickly as possible. 

By coming to Midland Health, you will benefit from:

  • Diagnosis and treatment by an experienced urological surgeon
  • Appointments are available within days
  • No need for a referral 
  • Remarkable patient-first care 
  • Modern private clinic and laboratory with excellent facilities 
  • Convenient Edgbaston location

Finding Our Private Clinic in Birmingham 

All testing and treatment for haematuria and its underlying causes is done by the expert team at Midland Health in our private clinic in Edgbaston, Birmingham. We are conveniently located within a 5-minute walking distance from:

  • By train: Five Ways Station
  • By bus: Highfield Road Bus Stop

Our Edgbaston clinic also offers convenient parking facilities. 

Contact Us

Blood in your urine? Find out what has caused the haematuria by scheduling an appointment with a specialist today. Simply contact Midland Health on 0121 769 0999 or email us at hello@midlandhealth.co.uk


When there is blood in the urine, the condition is called haematuria. It is characterised by red blood cells found in the urine.

Haematuria can have urological causes, such as UTI (urinary tract infection), kidney stones, kidney cancer and bladder cancer. It can also have non-urological causes, including the use of certain medications, systemic medical conditions and bleeding disorders.

Symptoms of haematuria include blood in the urine, painful urination and other lower urinary tract symptoms.

Haematuria is diagnosed via a combination of imaging tests, as well as physical examination and a medical history evaluation. In some cases, cystoscopy could also be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

Haematuria is one of the common symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer but it can also be symptomatic of another, non-life-threatening condition. This is why an evaluation by a specialist is recommended.

Yes, in some cases bleeding in the urine will stop on its own. However, it is important to see a specialist and find the cause of the haematuria, as it can be a symptom of a larger medical problem.

To determine the correct treatment for haematuria, it’s necessary to first determine its cause. In some cases, the bleeding will go away on its own. In others, it could be caused by a serious medical condition, such as cancer, so it’s important to see a doctor and find out what the best course of action for you is.

If you have a family history of kidney disease, you may be at risk of seeing blood in your urine, as it is a common symptom of glomerulonephritis(kidney disease). To confirm whether you have kidney disease or not, you must be examined by a specialist.

Bleeding in the urine can often be caused by a non-serious condition and it may even stop by itself. However, haematuria could be a sign of a more dangerous health problem, including life-threatening conditions such as cancer. Therefore, you should book an appointment with a specialist as soon as you see signs of blood in your urine (pink, red or brown).

During the investigation of bladder and upper tract carcinomas, your doctor may need to use cytology to examine the cells from your body using a microscope.

Yes, the bladder and the urinary tract can be irritated by spicy or acidic foods and drinks, such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Excessive amounts of otherwise healthy nutrients, such as vitamin C can also cause haematuria.

Your overall diet can also have an impact on your bladder and kidneys. Eating too much red meat can cause kidney damage, whereas a diet rich in grains, fruits and vegetables can minimise the danger of urinary tract problems.

Yes, certain medications, from penicillin to aspirin and the anti-cancer drug cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) can cause bleeding in the urine. If you suspect you may be experiencing drug-related side effects, contact your doctor for advice immediately.

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