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Antibiotic use falls in Harrogate

Antibiotic use falls in Harrogate

Published at 11:37am 9th June 2016.

The number of antibiotic prescriptions handed out by doctors in Harrogate fell last year.

They were down by 11.3% for the year 15/16 compared to 14/15. 

Guidelines were updated in October by the Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group to address antibiotic prescribing levels.

Health bosses say people are changing their expectations when it comes to seeking treatment for minor ailments.

The CCGs Clinical Chair and Ripon GP, Dr Alistair Ingram (pictured) said “GPs often face pressure from patients to prescribe antibiotics, particularly if a condition doesn’t appear to be improving.

"We can’t ignore warnings that anti-microbial resistance could cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050 so we have to tackle this head on both at a local and national level.

“The changes implemented by the CCG have seen a positive reduction in the prescription levels for antibiotics and as health professionals we must continue to work with patients to avoid the dangers of over prescribing.”

Dr Katharine Scott, Consultant Microbiologist at the Department of Microbiology, Harrogate District Hospital said “Our local GPs should be proud of the progress they have made in reducing antimicrobial prescribing.

"We need to continue to work together to remind patients that antibiotics do not work against common illnesses such as colds, flu, most coughs and sore throats, as these infections are caused by viruses."