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Tonsillitis is inflammation due to infection of the tonsils. It is a very common condition, most frequent in children aged 5-10 years and young adults between 15 and 25 years.
Please see the Urgent Care: general section to SWAST's guidance on Requesting Ambulance Transport (999 or Urgent).
Diagnosis of a sore throat does not mean that an antibiotic has to be administered, indeed anti-biotics for recurrent sore throat is not recommended. Adequate analgesia will usually be all that is required.
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For patients that do not meet the criteria for onward referral for tonsillectomy primary care management should continue. For patients with recurrent tonsillitis the GP should ensure that additional cases are documented to support potential future referral/re-referral.