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Pharmacy First Toolkit: Sore Throat

The Pharmacy First service in England allows community pharmacy teams to complete episodes of care for seven common conditions. This toolkit provides an overview of the clinical pathway and PGDs used to deliver consultations for acute sore throat plus essential information on the assessment, diagnosis and management of this common condition.

How to use this toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support pharmacists to deliver the Pharmacy First service in England (and similar schemes) for sore throat. It covers:

  • Clinical assessment and decision-making
  • Management of the condition
  • Communicating with patients regarding treatment decisions.

After reading the toolkit you will be able to conduct a simple examination of the throat; know which conditions and red flags require referral; be confident in using a clinical scoring system to assess the likelihood of bacterial infection; and provide appropriate treatment and advice.

Compiled by Patrick Grice

Download the Toolkit PDF here.

The CPD modules accompanying this toolkit can be accessed here:

Pharmacy First: Sore throat part 1 and Pharmacy First: Sore throat part 2


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