Fellow: Malcolm Harrison
Each year, around 1.2 million people will visit the GP with a sore throat and recent studies show that 62% of these visits result in the prescribing of antibiotics. Tests have shown that less than 10% of people who present with a sore throat actually have a bacterial infection. In response to concerns of unnecessary GP visits for sore throats and the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for viral infections, the sore throat test-and-treat service was developed. This is a walk-in service at community pharmacies where patients can receive screening and point of care testing for group A streptococci, which causes bacterial infections in the throat. If tested positive, patients can receive antibiotics from a pharmacist without the need to visit the GP.