Mersey Care supports antibiotic resistance campaign

Staff at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of antibiotic resistance by encouraging colleagues and patients to pledge to make better use of antibiotics.



World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-22 November) coincides with Public Health England’s campaign ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ which stress that, when it comes to antibiotics, we should always take the advice of our doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.

The threat of antibiotic resistance continues to grow.

Every year 25,000 people across Europe die due to antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

We can all help to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance by using antibiotics in the right way and always listen to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice. There are very few new antibiotics in the development pipeline, which is why it is so important we use our existing antibiotics wisely and make sure these life-saving medications continue to stay effective for ourselves, our children and grandchildren.

Below are the top tips to prevent antibiotic resistance and use antibiotics effectively:

  • Good hygiene is essential in reducing the risk of spread of infections
  • Antibiotics should be used to treat bacterial infections and only prescribed by a certified health professional
  • They should be taken at regular intervals, never be shared and the full course of treatment should be completed – not saved for the future
  • Antibiotics do not work for colds, or for most coughs, sore throat, earache or viral infections. Your body can usually fight these infections on its own. Consider alternatives and speak to your pharmacist about over the counter remedies
  • The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance that bacteria will become resistant to them so that they no longer work on our infections.