With antibiotic resistance now one of the biggest threats facing us today, staff at Salisbury District Hospital will be encouraging people to think carefully about their use of antibiotics as part of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on November 18.
Posters will be displayed on the hospital’s website, information screens and notice boards and patients will be able to complete a quiz and crossword while they wait for the medicines in the Pharmacy.
The Trust is also continuing with its ongoing Start Smart then Focus campaign for staff which promotes the principles, policies and procedures of good antibiotic prescribing for patients in hospital.
Simon Howe, Antibiotic Lead at Salisbury District Hospital said: “Antibiotics are important medicines for treating bacterial infections. However, bacteria can adapt and ﬁnd ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.”
“This means antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate and the more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them and they can no longer be used to treat infections.”
“Colds, most coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses and generally and these will get better on their own and with self-care. Antibiotics also do not work against infections caused by viruses.”
Mr Howe added: “ It’s important that where a doctor prescribes an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, people take the antibiotic as prescribed and complete the course. Sharing antibiotics with other people is also another factor that can help lead to antibiotic resistance.”
To coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day a new national Antibiotic Guardian campaign is inviting members of the public, health professionals and student educators to choose one simple pledge about how they will make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete. Pledges can be completed online at: http://antibioticguardian.com/