Figures to the end of 2015 show that antibiotic prescribing in Scotland is still reducing. Around 30% of the Scottish population had at least one antibiotic during 2015. However, there is still more than a threefold variation between GP practice prescribing rates (NHS NSS 2015).
We will be posting a few blogs over the coming weeks highlighting ways in which healthcare professionals can help to continue the drive to reduce unnecessary prescribing. These will cover
Antimicrobial resistance and the lack of new antibiotics, has been described by the World Health Organisation as one of the top 3 threats to humankind. Resistant organisms can now be found in most countries including the UK. We are already experiencing difficulty in treating infections like gonorrhoea and tuberculosis with the antibiotics we have. 700,000 people die worldwide every year as a result of antibiotic resistance. By 2050 it is estimated this will rise to 10 million – more deaths than caused by cancer.
E-learning on Self Management of Respiratory Tract Infections is availablefrom the Royal College of General Practitioners.
There are 7 Target webinars from Public Health England (PHE) and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) highlighting key easy actions to help improve antibiotic prescribing, the patient journey and self-care and reducing future consultations.