Swab away the doubt
What to expect at your Superdrug Pharmacy
The short 10-minute sore throat consultation will involve the following stages:
- The Pharmacist will take you through a questionnaire relating to your symptoms and will look at the back of your throat for any signs of inflammation
- If the Pharmacist suspect that you may have a bacterial infection and require antibiotics, they will then complete a simple and pain free swab test on the back of the throat
- After 5 minutes, the swab test will reveal whether you are suffering with bacterial infection. Please note: The Swab Test is for Strep A which is the most common bacterial cause of sore throat2
What if the result is positive?
If the swab test result is positive and you require antibiotics, the pharmacist will recommend that you speak to your GP.
What if the result is negative?
If the swab test result is negative and you don’t require antibiotics, the pharmacist will recommend alternative treatment options to help alleviate some of the symptoms being experienced
1. 1. Worrall GJ. Can Fam Physician. 2007;53:1961–1962.
2. 2. S.T. Shulman, A.L. Bisno, H.W. Clegg, et al.Clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of group A streptococcal pharyngitis: 2012 update by the infectious diseases society of America Clin Infect Dis, 55 (10) (2012), pp. e86-e102