East Midlands residents urged not to self-medicate with old or unused Antibiotics

As part of World Antibiotic Awareness week (12th-18th November), residents are being urged to only use antibiotics when needed and not to self-medicate at home using old or unused antibiotics.

Tracey Lamming, Senior Health Protection Specialist at PHE East Midlands, said:

“We are calling on residents in the East Midlands to join us in tackling antibiotic resistance by listening to their GP, pharmacist or nurse’s advice and only taking  antibiotics as prescribed.”  

Dr. Vivienne Weston, Community Infection Control Doctor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“If you have old or unused antibiotics don’t be tempted to take these for other infections unless advised to do so by your doctor or healthcare professional. As taking antibiotics when they are not required increases the chance of harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant, meaning that antibiotics might not work when they are really needed.”

 “If you have old or unused antibiotics at home please take these to your local pharmacy who will be happy to dispose of them.”

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