Monday 26 September 2016

Pharmacist offers rapid throat test

Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30

A trained pharmacist at Boots can carry out an asessment, including where necessary, a rapid throat swab test
A trained pharmacist at Boots can carry out an asessment, including where necessary, a rapid throat swab test

Boots has announced the launch of its sore throat test and treatment services.

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It promises rapid detection testing for the most common cause of bacterial sore throat.

A trained pharmacist can carry out an assessment including, where necessary, a rapid throat swab test.

This can quickly detect the presence of Group A Beta Haemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS), also known as Strep A, the most common cause of bacterial sore throat infections.

Patients who display symptoms and whose test results are indicative of a bacterial infection will be referred to a GP.

As the majority of sore throats are caused by a virus, patients can be offered treatments in the pharmacy rather making a trip to their doctor where they could end up asking for an antibiotic.

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