HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Gra­ham Duce, GP at Park Green Surgery, Mac­cles­field, and NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clin­i­cal lead for an­tibi­otic stew­ard­ship IT’S cur­rently World An­tibi­otic Aware­ness Week, a time when we can all come to­gether to think about an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance – one of the big­gest threats fac­ing global health.

Quite sim­ply, the over-use of some an­tibi­otics means that bac­te­ria no longer re­spond to them.

With­out ef­fec­tive an­tibi­otics, many rou­tine treat­ments such as set­ting bro­ken bones, ba­sic op­er­a­tions and even chemo­ther­apy, will be­come in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous in the not-tood­is­tant fu­ture.

An­tibi­otic re­sis­tance can also lead to se­ri­ous bac­te­rial in­fec­tions such as MRSA and post an­tibi­otic com­pli­ca­tions like Clostrid­ium dif­fi­cile (C. diff ).

And while an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance is a global is­sue, it is also very much a lo­cal one, as the num­ber of pa­tients dis­play­ing signs of an­tibi­oti­cre­sis­tant in­fec­tions is pos­ing an in­creas­ing prob­lem for my­self and clin­i­cal col­leagues.

For­tu­nately, we have a strong an­tibi­otics pol­icy across the Eastern Cheshire health econ­omy, which en­sures C. dif­fi­cile isn’t able to gain a foothold – but pa­tients can also do their bit to com­bat this wor­ry­ing trend.

An­tibi­otics won’t cure a cough, cold or most sore throats, so please don’t pres­sure your GP to pre­scribe you an­tibi­otics for vi­ral con­di­tions.

Please also don’t stock­pile an­tibi­otics and use them ‘as and when you need them’, as it’s very im­por­tant that an­tibi­otics are only used when pre­scribed and, if you are pre­scribed them, that you com­plete the en­tire course of treat­ment.

Fur­ther­more, you can visit an­tibi­otic­guardian. com and choose one sim­ple pledge about how you’ll make bet­ter use of an­tibi­otics and help save these vi­tal medicines from be­com­ing ob­so­lete.

I my­self have pledged to cham­pion the An­tibi­otic Guardian cam­paign within my or­gan­i­sa­tion by en­cour­ag­ing at least 10 oth­ers to pledge.

Last year I and many other lo­cal fig­ures – in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field Town FC man­ager John Askey – were fea­tured in a video ex­plain­ing why an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance is such a se­ri­ous prob­lem for all of us.

If you’d like to know more about an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance, watch the video at https://youtu.be/ gMQJpji­i9zo.

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