Campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Public Health England's major new campaign to Keep Antibiotics Working.

Taking antibiotics when they are not needed puts people at risk of a more severe or longer infection.

People in West Cheshire can support the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign by always trusting their doctor, nurse or pharmacist’s advice about antibiotics and never saving them for later use or sharing them with others.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “Without effective antibiotics, minor infections could become deadly and many medical advances could be at risk. Surgery, chemotherapy and caesareans could become simply too dangerous. But reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics can help us stay ahead of superbugs.

"The public has a critical role to play and can help by taking collective action. I welcome the launch of the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign. Remember - antibiotics are not always needed so always take your doctor’s advice.”

A new Public Health England  report, published today (October 23rd 2017), reveals that as antibiotic resistance grows, the options for treatment decrease. Worryingly, four in 10 patients with an E.coli bloodstream infection in England cannot be treated with the most commonly used antibiotic in hospitals.

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, such as meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses which typically get better by themselves, such as coughs, earache and sore throats.

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

For further information on antibiotics, their uses and the risk of resistance, search online for NHS Antibiotics.

Date added: 23/10/2017

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