A new test and throat treatment service will be available at pharmacies in Northern Wales thanks to a new pilot scheme that will begin on Monday (January 28).
It will help community pharmacists to direct people to the right treatment for neck pain through a 10-minute trial.
About 35 pharmacies in Northern Wales will offer a new service to help determine if the viral or bacterial infection is caused by neck pain, so that people can obtain advice and treatment quickly without having to visit their general doctor
The users of the pilot service will have a query with a pharmacist, who will use a set of structured questions and possibly a swab test to determine if they have a viral or bacterial influenza throat.
If the test determines that it is a viral infection that antibiotics do not treat, the pharmacist can report on the steps to follow to recover. The pharmacist can also provide antibiotics if the test reveals a bacterial infection that antibiotics can help.
The scheme, which will be run as a test in northern Wales and in the Cwm Taf health zone, will be evaluated for its success and potentially developed throughout Wales.
The service is part of the common illness system, which encourages patients to visit their community pharmacist instead of their GP if they think they need NHS advice to handle common diseases, such as neck pain, stomach, conjunctivitis, affliction and worms.
Adam Mackridge, deputy chief of a pharmacy for primary and community care, said: "This period of gland pain is very common and is generally caused by minor illnesses such as colds and flu."
"The throats are very frequent and usually improve between 7 and 10 days.
"Most throat pains can be treated at home with medications in the medicine cabinet and do not require advice from a health professional.
"However, it is a good idea to visit the pharmacist for advice if your symptoms are serious, your symptoms have not begun to improve after a week or you are not sure about your symptoms and the best way to treat them ".
Local pharmacist Gerald Thomas, a manager of the pharmacies area of Knights of Wrexham and Flintshire, said: "This is a great new service that will serve those patients who are worried about a severe or persistent malaria.
"If you think your throat is severe or is not improving, first visit your local pharmacy.
"You will see that day, by a highly qualified member of the health team, who will be able to offer advice and, if applicable, the treatment at this time. If you need more research, the pharmacist can contact you the right place to see & # 39; l.
"We would encourage you to encourage patients over 6 years old with a sore throat who need advice from a health worker to access this free NHS service first. Choose well and choose a pharmacy as the first point of contact."
The scheme is available in pharmacies as of Monday, January 28.
To find out about which pharmacies are piloting the scheme, click here