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Worcester News: DON’T OVERDO IT: Jo Galloway from NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG, on the use of antibiotics DON’T OVERDO IT: Jo Galloway from NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG, on the use of antibiotics

HEALTH chiefs have launched a campaign to stop people overusing antibiotics.

The Take Care, Not Antibiotics campaign was launched last week by the three Worcestershire clinical commissioning groups (CCG), which decide local health spending.

The campaign aims to prevent the spread of drug-resistant strains of potentially-deadly superbugs such as clostridium difficle (c.diff) and MRSA.

Inappropriate prescription and overuse of antibiotics can lead to infections such as c.diff, an infection which can occur in people who have recently had antibiotics that disrupts normal gut bacteria.

Jo Galloway, from NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG, said: “This campaign highlights to the public how antibiotics can act against a range of bacteria, but can also interfere with the healthy balance of bacteria causing other symptoms.

“It is so important that people use antibiotics in the right way, to slow down antibiotic resistance and to make sure antibiotics remain effective for us and future generations.”

Measures to prevent the spread of infections such as c.diff include only using prescribed antibiotics, rest and drink plenty of fluids.

For more information on the campaign, visit redditchandbromsgroveccg.nhs.uk.

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10:53pm Sat 16 Mar 13

lovelyjubbly says...

surely it is doctors that this applies to.They are the ones dishing the prescriptions.
surely it is doctors that this applies to.They are the ones dishing the prescriptions. lovelyjubbly

11:41pm Sun 17 Mar 13

jb says...

Mr GP's always explain that it's no use prescribing antibiotics for viruses and will only prescribe them if they consider it's absolutely necessary. The one problem I have encountered with problems my late parents had was that the doctor would prescribe antibiotics for a chest infection, if after finishing the course they had not worked they would then prescribe stronger ones. I once asked why they don't try to identify what the infection is first before they decided which medication is appropriate, the answer I think we can all guess was that it's too expensive. This was over ten years ago that I questioned the GP so surely procedures have improved since then enough to reduce costs and make the process quicker. With all the brightest minds working for the drugs companies surely they saw this coming years ago?
Mr GP's always explain that it's no use prescribing antibiotics for viruses and will only prescribe them if they consider it's absolutely necessary. The one problem I have encountered with problems my late parents had was that the doctor would prescribe antibiotics for a chest infection, if after finishing the course they had not worked they would then prescribe stronger ones. I once asked why they don't try to identify what the infection is first before they decided which medication is appropriate, the answer I think we can all guess was that it's too expensive. This was over ten years ago that I questioned the GP so surely procedures have improved since then enough to reduce costs and make the process quicker. With all the brightest minds working for the drugs companies surely they saw this coming years ago? jb

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