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Cracking down on antibiotic resistance

We’re asking patients, visitors and members of the public to unleash your inner creativity and help us to remind people to use antibiotics with care during World Antibiotic Awareness Week from 12-18 November.

World antibiotics awareness day 2017Wrong or incorrect use of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant against future treatments. This is a health hazard not just for the person taking the antibiotics inappropriately but also for anyone else who might catch the resistant bacteria afterwards.

Is it a big problem? The World Health Organisation (WHO) says antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. It can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.

To help raise the profile of this important issue, we’re running a competition for staff, the public and patients to create materials that get the message across. It can be aimed at the public or at healthcare staff or both.

“Whether it’s a poster or a poem, artwork, musical composition or a video, submissions should be educational and thought provoking,” said Dr Liz Sheridan, consultant microbiologist.

“We’re looking for things that stop people in their tracks and really get them engaged.”

Suggestions for themes include:

  • Keep antibiotics working
  • Antibiotics should be prescribed and taken responsibly
  • Antibiotics should only be taken as directed
  • Prevent the spread of resistant infections by good infection control
  • Antibiotics don’t work on colds or flu
  • Keeping antibiotics effective is everyone’s responsibility

You can find more inspiration and facts about antibiotic resistance on the WHO website.

Entries must be received by 31 October and should be sent to

The winner, as judged by senior representatives from medicine, pharmacy and microbiology, will see their materials replicated and rolled out across the hospital, our website and social media channels as part of our week of activities.

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