I was interested to see that some people have influenza predictive tools. They measure whether we are going to have a light or heavy season and some are predicting that 2017/8 might be a bad season – so in many respects it may be that we have been lucky.
We currently have a system where most people with a viral or flu like illness would go to their community pharmacist for some help and I am sure that they get good advice and assistance. However, many patients go to their GP and will sit in their waiting room until called for their appointment. There is a scheme in place that supports some GPs reporting flu like illness and at a point in time the GPs are able to prescribe treatments at the expense of the NHS.
So why don’t we try changing this?
Still ask all people with a viral…
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