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  • Bacteria can be identified according to the colour and sometimes the *size of the colonies (Table 1) .
  • *The size of colonies is also dependent on colony density; if a large number of colonies are present then individual colonies may not be visible and instead an unbroken ‘lawn’ of bacteria may cover the large Flexicult section.

  • It may be difficult to  confidently identify the bacteria, as some bacterial colonies  are very similar in colour. However, even making a note of the colour may be of help to know if the patient may have the same type of bacteria causing their UTI at a future consultation.

  • We have provided some examples of photos to help in the identification. Guidance is also provided in the Flexicult poster and manual
Table 1