Our pharmacist is 6 months into running these ‘minor illness’ clinics and a patient presents with what the patient refers to as a ‘chest infection’. The history taken reveals that the 45-year old patient has had a cough off and on for the last 4 months but on this occasion, the cough has been particularly troublesome for the last five weeks. The patient was short of breath hence he presented today. At the start of the consultation, the patient mentioned a vague ache in his chest.
Our pharmacist finds out that the patient is a smoker and has a great chat about smoking cessation. Our pharmacist manages to sign the patient up for the smoking cessation service at the local pharmacy.
Our pharmacist finds that the patient’s basic observations are normal and decides to treat as a lower respiratory tract infection and writes a prescription for amoxicillin 500mg x 15 tds. He gives a worsening statement and instructs the patient to return if things don’t improve.