Public urged to think twice before asking for antibiotics

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Doctors across East Staffordshire are calling on members of the public to think twice before asking their GP for antibiotics following the start of World Antibiotics Awareness Week.

The awareness week which runs from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 November, aims to stop the rising resistance to antibiotics caused by misuse or overuse which could be one of the most significant threats to patient safety worldwide.  Antibiotic resistant infections are more complex and harder to treat.

Dr Charles Pidsley, at East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:  “Antibiotics are vital for treating bacterial infections and it is important that people use them the right way, in the right dosage and at the right time.”

“People will often head straight to their GP to ask for antibiotics when they have a cough, a cold or even flu, assuming that it will cure them and not realising that antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and won’t work on colds or flu, which are both caused by viruses.”

“We have to do everything we can to stop this hugely important medicine from becoming obsolete and that’s why we are asking local people to become antibiotic aware and help spread the word to their friends and family.”

Remember:

  • Antibiotics won’t work against a cold or flu
  • When you are prescribed antibiotics it is very important to take them exactly as instructed.
  • Do not keep left over antibiotic treatments. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of them.

East Staffordshire residents can find out more about antibiotic awareness by visiting the Antibiotic Guardian website.