Sore Throat Test and Treat Service

Sometimes sore throats can take a while to clear up. Our Sore Throat Test and Treat Service can help you get you back to normal

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What causes a sore throat?

Most sore throats are caused by viruses, but sometimes, they can be caused by a bacterial infection, like Streptococcus A (Strep A).

Our Sore Throat Test and Treat Service can help identify whether your sore throat is due to a Strep A infection, and give you treatment options and advice to help ease your symptoms.

Signs that you may have Strep A


  • A sore throat that develops quickly
  • Discomfort when swallowing
  • Headache and fever
  • Redness at the back of the throat
  • White dots on your tonsils
  • Swelling at the side of the neck (caused by enlarged lymph nodes)
Who is this service suitable for?

The service is suitable for adults and children aged 12 years and over, but is not suitable for anyone who:

  • is pregnant or breastfeeding
  • has been experiencing symptoms for less than 3 days
  • has been experiencing symptoms for 10 days or more

There may be other reasons why the service isn’t suitable and your Boots pharmacist will be able to advise.

Which Boots stores offer this service?

This service is currently only available in a limited number of Boots stores in the London area. If there isn’t one near you, then you can still visit your nearest Boots pharmacy for sore throat advice and products. 

Check stores offering this service

Bromley, 234 The Glades Shopping Centre, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HD

Canary Wharf, Unit 14 Canada Square, London, Middlesex, E14 5AX

Chelsea, 60 Kings Road, London, Middlesex, SW3 4UD

Fleet Street, 120 Fleet Street, London, Middlesex, EC4A 2BE

Greenford, Westway Retail Park, 1000 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 0UW

Hammersmith, 41-43 King Street, London, Middlesex, W6 9HW

Kensington, 127a Kensington High Street, London, Middlesex, W8 5SF

Kingston Upon Thames, 42 Union Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1RP

Liverpool Street Station, 11 Octagon Arcade, London, Middlesex, EC2M 2AB

Oxford Street, 193 Oxford Street, London, Middlesex, W1D 2JY

Piccadilly Circus, 44-46 Regent Street, London, Middlesex, W1B 5RA

Queensway, 114 Queensway, London, Middlesex, W2 6LS

Richmond, 60-64 George Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1HF

Romford, 12 The Liberty, Romford, Essex, RM1 3RL

Sedley Place, 361 Oxford Street, London, Middlesex, W1C 2JL

Stratford City, 31-34 The Arcade Lower Ground floor, Olympic Park, London, Middlesex, E20 1EH

The Strand, 5 The Strand, London, Middlesex, WC2N 5HR

Tottenham Court Road, 16-17 Tottenham Court Road, London, Middlesex, W1T 1AZ

Watford, 147 The Harlequin, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2TR

White City, White City Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London, Middlesex, W12 7GD

How it works

A Boots Healthcare Advisor will ask you a few simple questions and take your temperature. If the results point towards a bacterial infection, you’ll be referred to a specially trained pharmacist.


Our pharmacist will examine your throat and neck. If it looks like you may have a bacterial infection, we’ll offer you a throat swab. 


If you consent to a throat swab test, the pharmacist will swab the back of your throat to check for Strep A. 


If your test result is positive, the pharmacist will check if a prescription medicine may be suitable for you, and give advice on how best to manage your symptoms.

If your test result is negative, or you choose not to have prescription medicine, your pharmacist can still offer advice and appropriate products to help ease your symptoms. Any over-the-counter products you choose to purchase will be charged at the normal price.

Benefits of the service

Flexible: No appointment required

Expert advice: Get the right advice and treatment for your symptoms

Convenient: Could save you a trip to the GP

How long will the consultation take?

It will take around 20 minutes


£9.50 includes a consultation with the pharmacist and throat swab test

£24.50 includes a consultation with the pharmacist, swab test and prescription medicine

What can I do to help myself?

There are lots of ways you can relieve the symptoms of pain and swelling of your sore throat and make sure you’re on the road to recovery, such as:

  • Avoiding food or drink that’s too hot or irritates your throat
  • Sucking on throat lozenges which your pharmacy team will be able to advise you on
  • Eating soft foods like jelly, ice cream or fruit purées
  • Gargling with warm salty water
  • Avoiding smoking and smoky environments
  • Resting and getting plenty of sleep

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