This Week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week - Get involved to make a difference!

This year, World Antibiotic Awareness Week runs from 18 – 24 November 2019 and residents are being encouraged to make a difference.

Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of antibiotic resistance, making it more difficult to treat infections – one of the biggest threats to global health!

Every winter there is a rise in people demanding antibiotics from their GP for viral infections such as colds and flu however antibiotics do not kill viruses!

When experiencing cold or flu symptoms we advise you do the following:

  • Drink plenty of water, get lots of rest and let your body fight the virus.
  • For relief from symptoms such as a sore throat or aches and pains, your local pharmacist can recommend over the counter remedies that can help – this will avoid a need for a prescription.
  • Wash your hands and your children’s hands regularly, particularly after sneezing or coughing

A message from our Clinical Director, Dr Ken Aswani on antimicrobial resistance:

“It’s important that we all use antibiotics as prescribed by our doctor as well as remembering that in some instances, like with a cold, antibiotics have no effect. Using antibiotics the right way means they are more likely to work when we really need them.

In many circumstances, antibiotics can be life-saving drugs, but if they are not used properly they might not work in the future.

That’s why this World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we’re reminding everyone to make sure that they use antibiotics responsibly and always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking them”.

Dr Aswani added: “The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them’’.