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Learn crucial information about antibiotics from our staff on Friday
14 November 2017

World Antibiotic Week is upon us and staff from our hospital will be on hand to advise the public and colleagues on ways to reduce the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

Members of our pharmacy team will be present at a stand on south corridor, on Friday, with information, posters and quizzes, ahead of Saturday’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

Public Health England (PHE) have already launched a national public campaign ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ (KAW) across the country to support the government’s efforts to reduce inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics by raising awareness of the issue of antibiotic resistance and reducing demand from the public using TV, radio and social media.

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

This puts you and your family at risk of a more severe or longer illness.

Antibiotics do not work for flu, vomiting, colds, most coughs, most ear infections, most diarrhoea, most sore throats and most cystitis and people with the aforementioned symptoms are advised to take their pharmacist’s advice.

Antibiotics are needed for serious bacterial infections including: Sepsis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea and meningococcal meningitis.