Dr David Crichton’s Blog – Only take antibiotics when you really need them

Public Health England warns: Take your Doctors advice on antibiotics.

The invention of Antibiotics revolutionised medicine and they have become essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are also frequently being used to treat minor illnesses, such as coughs, earache and sore throats which get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages some harmful bacteria that live inside you to change and become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when we really need them.

We have seen a steady increase in antibiotics resistance and this is worrying, common surgical procedures are at increased risk of becoming more complicated. People who are susceptible to infections such as Cancer patients on chemotherapy are also much more vulnerable if antibiotics don’t work; the immune system to fight infections and antibiotics are critical to both prevent and treat infections in these patients.

Dr David Crichton, Chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“For antibiotics to continue to be an important treatment in medicine they need to be used responsibly and only when really needed.”

“Getting your flu jab will protect you from the influenza virus.”

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign returns in October 2018 to remind you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.

For further information on antibiotic resistance visit www.nhs.uk/antibiotics

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