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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, which are masses of lymphoid tissue on either side of the back of the throat. The tonsils are a small part of the immune system, which protects and helps the body to fight infections.

Tonsillitis is very common and can occur at any age; however, it is most common in children and young adults.

Pharyngitis is an infection of the throat.

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Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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