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Primary care nurses in 'privileged position' to tackle antibiotic resistance

Non-prescription advice pads rolled out to support Keep Antibiotics Working campaign

Non-prescription advice pads rolled out to support Keep Antibiotics Working campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has re-launched its ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign to alert the public to the personal risks of antibiotic resistance, and to urge people to take their healthcare professional’s advice on antibiotics.

A new report shows that more than three million common surgeries, such as caesarean sections, hip and knee replacements, and cancer treatments could become life-threatening if antibiotic resistance continues to worsen (PHE 2018).

Despite the heightened public awareness, a prescription often validates symptoms, and expectations for antibiotics continue to present issues for all nurses, including those who prescribe. Changing this behaviour is challenging; an unpublished PHE survey indicates that 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a GP surgery, out of hours service or NHS walk-in centre for a cough, flu or a throat, ear,

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