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Become an 'antibiotic guardian' on Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Healthcare organisations across the country are highlighting the dangers of antibiotic misuse as part of Antimicrobial Awareness Week, taking place 18 to 24 November.

This year, we’re asking you to help us keep these life-saving drugs working by guarding antibiotics and using them properly.

But why do we need to ‘guard’ antibiotics?

Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are vital in surgeries and for treating many infections. But they need to be handled with care. Prescribed inappropriately or not completing a course of treatment can make it harder to treat infections.

If we don’t respect and use antimicrobials properly, we risk giving bacteria the chance to learn how to fight treatment, multiply and spread throughout the population as ‘superbugs’.

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What can we do?

If you have been prescribed antibiotics, it’s really important that you take the full course of treatment as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.

You should not take antibiotics when you have not been told to by a medical professional. The more they are used, the less they will work in the future.

Our team of pharmacists work with national and local guidelines to identify the best course of treatment. We will always try to prescribe the shortest length of effective antibiotic therapy with regular reviews to make sure they’re working as they should do.

Have questions about your prescription?

If you have questions about the antibiotics you’re receiving, speak to a member of your clinical team.

If you have questions about your prescription after you’ve left the hospital, our medicines helpline is here to help you.

  • Medicines helpline
    (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6.30pm)
    • 023 8120 6907
    • medicinesadvice@uhs.nhs.uk