Antibiotic Awareness Campaign

What is antibiotic resistance?

  • when bacteria adapt and develop a way to protect themselves from being killed by antibiotics
  • bacteria are more likely to develop resistance when antibiotics are overused or not used as prescribed

Why is it a problem?

  • infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria are more difficult to treat leading to increased levels of disease and death and longer hospital stays
  • operations like bone, heart or bowel surgery, and treatments like chemotherapy all require antibiotics to be successful; if our antibiotics do not work these procedures will become impossible without risk of infection.

What can I do?

  • become an Antibiotic Guardian by choosing to pledge to undertake a simple action that can help prevent the development and spread of antibiotic resistance

For more information about this campaign, pick up a leaflet at the Practice