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Antibiotics aren't always the answer

Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. These infections often get better without antibiotic treatment. Excessive use of antibiotics may allow the germs to become resistant to the antibiotic medicines, so that they will not work when they really are needed. They may also sometimes cause side-effects.

 

This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections

 

Antibiotics will not treat cough, cold and flu symptoms - click here to find out what you can do to treat yourself better

 

Get Better Without Using Antibiotics - click here to see this information leaflet that explains the need to get the right treatment for common illnesses without encouraging antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today

Why it is relevant to you: without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

 

What we want you to do: To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

 

Common childhood illnesses

A guide for parents and carers of children aged birth - 5 years - click here

 


 

 

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Be Ready for Winter

Generally we feel unwell during the winter as we spend more time indoors and coughs and colds are passed around our family, friends and colleagues at work. If you are normally healthy there are many winter ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some common sense advice and a range of medicines you can buy from a shop or local pharmacy. To help you during the winter months, you can use this website to find out how you can treat some of those common winter illnesses.

  • Make sure you get plenty of rest
  • Take a painkiller if needed
  • Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet

Keep Calm and Call 111

Call 111 when you need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency

  • 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones

Keep Calm and Ask a Pharmacist

Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and they can diagnose and treat your winter illnesses.

  • No appointment needed
  • Open evenings and weekends
  • Experts in winter health advice
  • Will refer you to other NHS Services, if needed

Keep Calm and Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer

Antibiotics don’t work for winter viruses.

  • Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria
  • Bacteria can adapt and survive the effects of antibiotics, so they don’t always work
  • The more you use antibiotics, the more resistant bacteria become

You can download the Keep Calm and Look After Yourself Leaflet for reference

 

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Minor Ailments Scheme

 

Did You know?

 

You can receive medication for the folloiwng conditions at the chemist?

 

Sore Throat, Athletes Foot

Headache / Earache / Temperatuer

Threadworms, Meningitis check sheet

Nasal Congestion

Thrush, Indigestion / Heartburn

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Diarrhoea, Head Lice

Constipation, Hayfever / Rhinitis

Infant teething

 

You don't need to go to the Urgent Care Centre or your GP for this.

 

If you don't normally pay for your prescription you wont pay for these either

 

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Choose Well

 

  

 If you become unwell or are injured make sure you choose the right NHS service for you

 

 

Choose Well is a National Awareness Campaign designed to help people get the best possible treatment by selecting the service that is right for them. By choosing well, people can help to reduce the burden on essential emergency services.

 

 

Please Click here for further information

 

 

 


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