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Take Care, Not Antibiotics 


The three NHS Clinical Commissioing Groups (CCGs) in Worcestershire, (
NHS South Worcestershire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG & NHS Wyre Forest CCG), collaborated to re-launch last years campaign to raise awareness about the inappropriate use of Antibiotics.

The campaign aims to improve public awareness of the need to use antibiotics responsibly to help control and prevent antibiotic resistance superbugs such as Clostridium Difficille (Cdiff) and MRSA from spreading.

What are antibiotics?  

Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

They are often requested for things that they can’t treat - like colds, flu or other viral infections - not only are they of no benefit but they can become less effective over time against bacteria they’re intended to treat.

We need to think about reducing our use of antibiotics and ensuring they are only used when needed to treat bacterial infections and are tailored for the patient.

What can you do?  

The best way to treat most colds, coughs or sore throats is plenty of fluids and rest. For more advice talk to your pharmacist or doctor

If you have been prescribed a course of antibiotics by a healthcare professional it is important to take all the doses and complete the course as directed . Antibiotics should not be saved for self-treatment.

If you have been diagnosed with C. difficile infection you should carry a Cdiff wallet card. You can show your card to any Doctor, Pharmacist, Dentist or Healthcare provider every time you visit them, as it will make them aware of your C.diffcile diagnosis and help ensure correct treatment.  If you would like further information on where to access a Cdiff wallet card please speak to your GP.


Awareness Campaigns 

Will you be an antibiotic guardian? Choose your pledge now.  

Antibiotic Guardian
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The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and prudent antibiotic use. The latest data confirms that across the European Union the number of patients infected by resistant bacteria is increasing and that antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health. 

Prudent use of antibiotics can help stop resistant bacteria from developing and help keep antibiotics effective for the use of future generations.

Visit the European Antibiotic Awareness Day website

Awareness Day

 


Resources 


You can download any of our resources with a click of a button! Simply click on the resource picture to start your download.

Posters
Antibiotics CCG poster
Antibiotics blue poster
antibiotics orange poster


Leaflets

Antibiotics leaflet 1
Treating your infection
antibiotics orange poster
Antibiotics CCG poster