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Join the Antibiotic Amnesty and keep antibiotics working!

Do you have any unused or old antibiotics at home? People across the Midlands are being asked to return them to any local pharmacy as part of an Antibiotic Amnesty in support of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November).

Antibiotics are important medicines for treating infections caused by germs called bacteria. The more we use antibiotics the more bacteria are able to find ways to survive the antibiotic treatment. This is known as antibiotic resistance and is a huge threat to our future health. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, operations and treatments for cancer all rely on having antibiotics that work.

You should only take antibiotics when they have been prescribed for you by a healthcare professional. Unless your doctor or nurse has told you to you should never save antibiotics for later, and never give them to someone else.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “It is important to understand how to look after yourself and your family when antibiotics aren’t needed, for example, asking your pharmacist for advice on alternative over-the-counter medicines.

“If you are prescribed antibiotics, it is crucial that you take the full course as directed. Antibiotics should never be shared with others, or saved for another time.

“You can play your part in protecting antibiotics for the future by returning unused or old antibiotics to any local pharmacy.”

More information on antibiotics awareness can be found on the NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG website.

You can locate your nearest pharmacy on the NHS website.

You can pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian here.

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