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Leicester’s Hospitals educate the public on the safe use of antibiotics
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Press release date14/11/2017
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There will be a series of events across Leicester’s Hospitals this week to support World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13 – 19 November 2017), which is culminates in European Antibiotic Awareness Day on Friday 17 November.
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The events are designed to share more information on the increasing problem of the misuse of antibiotics and how to use them safely. It is estimated that a failure to address the problem of antibiotic resistance could result in 10 million deaths every year globally by 2050.[1]


On average, 1 in every 10 patients in the UK is affected by health care-associated infections (HAIs). Antibiotic-resistant HAIs can double the likelihood of death.[2]


Corrine Ashton, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist for Leicester’s Hospitals, explains: “Antibiotics are a vital tool for modern medicine; not only for the treatment of infections but to also avoid infections during cancer treatment and surgery.


“Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It can lead to antibiotic resistance which is impacting how effectively we can treat infections.”


The antimicrobial team at Leicester’s Hospitals will be on hand throughout the week to share information on how you can become an Antibiotic Guardian (by which you pledge to use antibiotics responsibly), signpost people to useful information and share games and quizzes to make learning about the safe use of antibiotics fun and easy to remember!


The events will take place from 11am – 2pm in the LEat main restaurant at each hospital, as follows:

- Monday 13 November                Leicester General Hospital

- Wednesday 15 November           Glenfield Hospital 

- Friday 17 November                     Leicester Royal Infirmary 

 


They will also be working with our NHS partners in the community to promote self-care and the 'antibiotic amnesty' (where patients can bring in doses of antibiotics they have held onto for destruction), as well as hosting education events for hospital staff and the scouts.


What can the public do to help?

It’s not just inappropriate prescribing from healthcare professionals that is encouraging resistance to these vital drugs. The way people use antibiotics is also a big problem.


It is estimated that 1 in 5 people expect antibiotics when they visit their doctor. GPs commonly express concerns that they feel pressurised by patients asking for antibiotics. For example, people asking on behalf of a child to treat infections that don’t respond to the drugs.[3]


Corrine continues: “We urge you to become more aware of when antibiotics are not going to work and take your doctor or pharmacists’ advice on antibiotics and other treatment options.”


Patients who are prescribed antibiotics should not:


- skip any doses

- share them with others

- stop taking them when they start to feel better

 

Staff, patients and visitors are all welcomed to visit the antimicrobial team at their information stands during World Antibiotic Awareness Week. You can also make a personal pledge to use antibiotics wisely and sign up to be an antibiotic guardian at www.antibioticguardian.com


ENDS

 

Notes to editor


[1] Gov.uk Health Matters Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign

[2] World Health Organisation (WHO)

[3] Gov.uk Health Matters Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign

 

About World Antibiotic Awareness Week 

 

World Antibiotic Awareness Week was launched as part of a global action plan to tackle the growing problem of resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines was endorsed at the 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015. One of the key objectives of the plan is to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training.

 

Contact information:
Contact information
For media enquiries, please contact:

Rosalind Moore or Laura Mort
Communications Officer
Leicester’s Hospitals
0116 258 8524/8738
communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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