Regional News — November 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm — Updated: November 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm

New leaflet provides help and advice for North Wales patients prescribed antibiotics

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Antimicrobial pharmacists at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are doing their bit to help fight the growing resistance to antibiotics.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Team at the Health Board have produced a new leaflet giving advice and guidance to patients who are prescribed antibiotics.

The bilingual leaflet, which will be distributed to patients who are prescribed antibiotics throughout North Wales, has been produced in an effort to help prevent the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

The UK faces a growing problem with illness and diseases becoming resistant to antibiotics – known as antimicrobial resistance. As a result of bacteria and viruses becoming more resistant to the drugs that treat them, health professionals are working hard to find new ways of treating diseases and prolonging the effectiveness of existing cures.

Kailey Sassi-Jones, Strategic Lead for Antimicrobial Pharmacy, said the leaflet offering guidance on how to use antibiotics would both ensure

“Antibiotic resistance is growing and if antibiotics are taken when they are not needed then many of the antibiotics we use today will not work in the future.

“We all have a responsibility to do what we can to protect both our own health and the wellbeing of the rest of the population.

“Ensuring you only take antibiotics prescribed for you, following the directions on the label and completing the course as planned are simple ways to help prevent antibiotic resistance.”

“It is estimated that by 2050, 10 million deaths worldwide will be attributable to infections caused by drug resistant bacteria, and we have to face the possibility that routine surgeries may once again become life threatening.

“We have a responsibility to preserve our antibiotics not only for today’s public but also for our future generations.”

The leaflet was launched to coincide with both Global Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-16 November) and European Antibiotic Awareness Day (November 18).

For further information about antimicrobial resistance, visit the Public Health Wales website

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