Antibiotic Guardians are being sought by pharmacists at Worthing Hospital to safeguard the health of future generations.
On Monday November 17th and Tuesday November 18th members of the public and healthcare professionals will be asked to sign-up and make a simple pledge.
For example, they could pledge to try and treat symptoms of coughs and colds for five days before visiting their GP, or if prescribed antibiotics ensure they dispose of them at a pharmacy to prevent unused antibiotics unnecessarily entering the environment.
Antibiotic medicines are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate, as bacteria adapt and find ways to survive the effects of antibiotics by becoming ‘resistant’. The more an antibiotic is used, the more bacteria become resistant to it.
Pharmacist Sue Taylor is one of a number of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff who will manning a stand at the hospital in support of European Antibiotic Awareness Day (November 18th).
She said: “We hope to sign up as many Antibiotic Guardians as possible, because what is really worrying is that there are very few new antibiotics being developed.
“This is why it’s so important to use our existing antibiotics wisely – that way we can make sure these life-saving medicines will still be effective for ourselves and future generations.”
Although the special awareness events take place on November 17th and 18th, the Trust is active all-year round in promoting the careful use of antibiotics and has developed app-based technology to increase awareness for all staff and other healthcare professionals.
Anyone interested in signing up to be an Antibiotic Guardian can also do so by visiting the website: antibioticguardian.com