Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections. They can be used to kill harmful bacteria and have saved millions of lives across the country.
However, they are frequently being used to treat minor illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics can encourage harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
Over the last three years the CCG has worked hard in cooperation with primary care providers to reduce prescriptions of antibiotics by 12%. While this reduction in prescriptions is good news there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that antibiotics can keep saving lives across the region.
Sati Ubhi, Chief Pharmacist and Deputy Director at the CCG, said:
“We can all do our part by speaking to our pharmacist for advice instead of going straight to our GP, and by not taking antibiotics for minor bacterial and viral infections.
“Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. You can find out more about how you can do your part to stop antibiotic resistance in its tracks by visiting www.antibioticguardian.com, or by speaking to your pharmacist.”