CPFT pharmacists back antibiotic campaign

They support call to encourage responsible use

CPFT pharmacists back antibiotic campaign
18 November 2014


Pharmacists at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust are supporting a new campaign to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics.

Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections. But Government health experts say they are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate.

According to Public Health England, many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they don’t need to be.

The problem means that bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.

Now as part of European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November), health professionals and members of the public are being asked to become an Antibiotic Guardian and commit to helping tackle the issue.

Clare Mundell, Chief Pharmacist at CPFT, said: “Although prescribing rates of antibiotics within CPFT are low, we are giving our backing to this campaign.

“All pharmacists and fellow health professionals have an obligation to do what we can to protect the users of our services from the development of infections caused by resistant bacteria.”

For more information about the campaign visit: antibioticguardian.com

Pictured above are Sharon Bews, Peter Dalrymple and Sue Coaker from the pharmacy team at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, who have pledged to become Antibiotic Guardians


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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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