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Conjunctivitis clogs up more than kids’ eyes

An estimated 160,000 GP appointments could be freed up if schools stopped sending home children with infective conjunctivitis, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The RCGP says that cases of conjunctivitis are unintentionally clogging up the GP appointments system because some schools are refusing to admit children with the condition unless they have a prescription for antibiotics - leaving many other patients struggling to see their family doctor or practice nurse.

The RCGP has produced a leaflet to help teachers, childcare professionals and parents make the right decisions about the care of young children with the eye infection.