A Calderdale GP is making a stand in the battle against diseases’ increasing resistance to antibiotics. Dr Nigel Taylor, a governing body member of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has taken a pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian as part of a new national campaign.
As a result the Hebden Bridge Group Practice doctor is encouraging all Calderdale GPs to join him in only prescribing antibiotics when absolutely necessary, and for GPs and patients to sign up to become Antibiotic Guardians.
Dr Taylor said: “Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections but they are increasingly losing their effectiveness. Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic so that it no longer works. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.
The possible spread of resistant bacteria is a major public health issue, especially as there are very few new antibiotics in development. And that’s why it’s important existing antibiotics are used wisely, helping to ensure that these life-saving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves and future generations.”
The pledge comes in the countdown to European Antibiotic Awareness Day on Tuesday 18 November, a national campaign run by Public Health England.
Dr Taylor said: “I would like to reinforce the message to all GPs about the importance of prescribing antibiotics only when necessary. We’re asking everyone across the area to support this, as one of the greatest threats to our health is antibiotic resistance.
Many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they do not need to be. Antibiotics do not work for infections which are caused by viruses. Most self-limiting illnesses such as colds, flu, sinusitis, earache and sore throats get better without antibiotics and patients should ask their pharmacist for advice on treating the symptoms caused by these kinds of illness.
Patients should also remember that antibiotics should only be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others. It’s also important to use antibiotics in the right way, using the right dose, at the right time and for the right duration. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic resistance.”
The Antibiotic Guardian campaign calls on the public and medical community to choose one simple pledge on how they will make better use of these vital medicines. Health professionals and patients alike can sign up online at the campaigns website – www.antibioticguardian.com.
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- Antibiotic Guardian Campaign
- Antibiotic resistance
- European Antibiotic Awareness Day
- Public Health England
NHS Calderdale CCG
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