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Bury patients help to reduce antibiotic prescription rates by almost 9%

Bury’s reduction in prescribing antibiotics last year is better than the national average. Bury’s decrease at 8.63% outperforms the England average of 7.33% meaning that patients are beginning to recognise antibiotics do not cure self-limiting complaints or viral infections.


The inappropriate use and over-prescribing of antibiotics is causing the development of resistance – one of the biggest threats facing us today. Cutting the unnecessary use of antibiotics will help Bury residents to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance and safeguard these drugs for more serious infections.


Dr Kiran Patel, GP and Chair of NHS Bury CCG said: “We are pleased our patients are starting to realise that antibiotics are not the answer to all their symptoms. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections such as colds, most coughs or sore throats. The best way to treat them is to drink plenty of fluids and to rest. If you need advice for your symptoms, please speak to a pharmacist first. They can also make expert recommendations to the best over the counter remedy to ease your symptoms.”


Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate. Antibiotic resistance is an everyday problem in all healthcare settings across England and Europe. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) (14-20 November) and European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) (18 November 2016) encourages their responsible use.


ENDS

Date: 23rd November 2016

FOR PRESS & MEDIA ENQUIRIES: contact NHS Bury CCG Communications team on 0161 762 3106 or email buccg.communications@nhs.net

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