Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today and the overuse or misuse of antibiotics is making the problem worse.
Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, transplants, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work. To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics.
This is why NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG has been working closely with our GP practices to safeguard these vital medicines for the future, as overuse means they are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate.
The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign urges people in Birmingham to always trust their doctor, nurse or pharmacists advice as to when they need antibiotics, and, if they are prescribed, to take antibiotics as directed and never save them for later use or share them with others. The campaign also provides effective self-care advice to help individuals and their families feel better if they are not prescribed antibiotics.
Read the Keep Antibiotics Working leaflet.
Antimicrobial resistance schools poster competition
We worked with Aston University and other partners to invite schools to participate in a poster competition for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The aim was to raise awareness of this issue among children and young people. You can view the winning designs here.