A citywide antibiotics campaign, targeting patients that visit their doctor for antibiotics for coughs and colds.
Why it is relevant to you
Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.
Certain population groups within Leeds have a tendency to request antibiotics more than other areas for general illnesses such as coughs, colds and sore throats.
This can result in unnecessary prescriptions which leads to antibiotics resistance (this is when antibiotics don’t work properly), when they are needed the most.
Who is involved with the campaign?
As part of the campaign we are targeting all community pharmacies, GP practices, community care establishments and patient involvement groups.
We have done a lot of work with GP practices in terms of training and awareness so that GPs will be recommending that patients attend Community Pharmacies for self-care in the first instance and also providing ‘non-prescriptions’.
What we want you to do
To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics. We are asking everyone in Leeds, the public and the medical community to use antibiotics appropriately. We are sending out the following message:
‘When you have a cold or flu, antibiotics are not for you’
And we are asking you to follow the advice in the leaflet below, rather than going to your doctor for antibiotics for coughs and colds.
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