Play your part: keep an­tibi­otics work­ing

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SEFTON res­i­dents are be­ing asked to play their part in Pub­lic Health Eng­land’s new cam­paign to help keep an­tibi­otics work­ing.

An es­ti­mated 5,000 deaths are caused ev­ery year in Eng­land be­cause an­tibi­otics no longer work for some in­fec­tions, so it’s im­por­tant to take your doc­tors and nurses ad­vice on an­tibi­otics to keep them work­ing.

Cllr Ian Mon­cur, Sefton Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, fully sup­ports the cam­paign.

He said: “An­tibi­otics don’t work for ev­ery­thing.

“They don’t work for colds or flu and com­mon con­di­tions like kid­ney in­fec­tions and pneu­mo­nia have started to be­come un­treat­able.

“When it comes to an­tibi­otics, take your health pro­fes­sional’s ad­vice.”

NHS South Sefton Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) and NHS South­port and Formby CCG are supporting the cam­paign along­side the coun­cil and have spent a num­ber of years re­duc­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate an­tibi­otic pre­scrip­tions to en­sure that only the pa­tients who re­ally need them are pre­scribed them.

Dr Hi­lal Mulla, at The Corner Surgery in South­port, added: “We’ve done a lot of work al­ready with the CCGs to ex­plain to peo­ple that an­tibi­otics are not al­ways the an­swer but this cam­paign will hope­fully add to this, help­ing GPs and phar­ma­cists spread the word more and re­mind peo­ple about the risks of tak­ing an­tibi­otics when it’s not nec­es­sary.”

An­tibi­otics help ward off in­fec­tions dur­ing chemo­ther­apy, cae­sarean sec­tions and other surgery.

They also treat se­ri­ous bac­te­rial in­fec­tions, such as pneu­mo­nia, menin­gi­tis and sep­sis, but they are be­ing used for ev­ery­day vi­ral in­fec­tions, where they are not ef­fec­tive.

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

Fur­ther­more, if you take an­tibi­otics, you are more likely to get an an­tibi­otic re­sis­tant in­fec­tion.

This risk is even greater for chil­dren who have taken an­tibi­otics.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land, Sefton Coun­cil and the CCGs in Sefton are call­ing for the pub­lic to play their part in tack­ling the an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance epi­demic by trust­ing their doc­tor or nurse’s ad­vice as to when they need an­tibi­otics and if they are pre­scribed, tak­ing an­tibi­otics as di­rected and never sav­ing them for later use or shar­ing with oth­ers.

The cam­paign is run­ning across Eng­land for eight weeks and will be sup­ported with ad­ver­tis­ing, part­ner­ships with lo­cal phar­ma­cies and GP surg­eries and so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance visit the CCG web­site for your area www.south­port­form­by­ccg.nhs.uk or www.south­sefton­ccg.nhs.uk

Damien Moore MP

Dr Hi­lal Mulla

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