The majority of sore throats are caused by a viral infection. But in some cases, the sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection called Streptococcus A or (Strep A).
Our regular pharmacists are trained to ask you questions about your symptoms. Depending on the answers to the questions, they may then be able to take a swab of the back of the throat. 5 minutes after collecting the sample, we can ascertain whether streptococcus A bacteria are present. If this swab is positive, the pharmacist may be able to provide certain antibiotics to kill these bacteria without a prescription.
Please note this is a private service. Sample collection via swab is £12 each and if antibiotics are suitable then this is a further £8 for a treatment course.
Most sore throats are a self-limiting which means they clear up by themselves within a few days with no action necessary.
There are a few things that can be done to relieve symptoms if you have a sore throat.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stop becoming dehydrated
- Gargle with warm, salty water
- Use paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Use anaesthetic sprays
More information can be found on the NHS website.
Please ring the pharmacy before attending to check that there is a pharmacist available who could swab your throat.