UK consumers with sore throats are being encouraged to visit a pharmacy instead of a GP under a new NHS England initiative.
Pharmacists are set to take a swab test to check whether the patient needs to see a GP to obtain a course of antibiotics.
It is hoped that the project will help reduce antibiotic resistance as well as alleviate pressure on general practice by up to 800,000 consultations a year.
“Necessity is the mother of invention, and health care worldwide is now fizzing with smart innovation,” says NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said.
“In the NHS, we’re now taking practical action to develop and fast-track these new techniques into mainstream patient care.”