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Together we can fight antibiotic resistance

Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging Wirral residents to make a pledge to play their part in fighting antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest health threats facing us today and by pledging your support as part of Public Health England’s Antibiotic Guardian campaign you can help make sure antibiotics work now and in the future.

 

Already antibiotics don’t work as well as they did in the past, and some bacteria are now totally resistant due to things such as over prescribing, people not finishing their course of antibiotics and the lack of any new antibiotics being developed.

 

If antibiotics stop working, many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous or impossible. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and caesarean-sections all rely on having antibiotics that work.

 

By choosing a pledge as part of the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, we can all make a difference. Pledges can include; finishing a course of antibiotics if you’re prescribed them, making sure any unused antibiotics are returned to your pharmacy for safe disposal and not asking for antibiotics to treat viruses such as common colds, flu or sore throats as they don’t work on these.

 

Sandra Christie, Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the trust said “We can all make a difference. The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance that bacteria will become resistant to them so that they no longer work on our infections so it’s important that we only use them when appropriate.”

 

“Antibiotics don’t work on viruses so if you have a common cold, flu or a sore throat, antibiotics won’t help but often people will demand antibiotics to treat these. Instead, ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter treatment options that may help relieve symptoms.”

 

To become an Antibiotic Guardian, all you have to do is choose a pledge about how you will make better use of antibiotics at www.antibioticguardian.com 

Last Updated: Monday, 14 November 2016 09:30

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