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Healthcare officials at Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Council are backing the national ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign which has returned to alert people to the risks of antibiotic resistance.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG said: “Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant which means antibiotics may not work when you really need them. If you do experience cold or flu like illnesses this winter your local pharmacist will be able to give you advice and treatment over the counter without needing an appointment.”

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, health and social housing, said: “It’s really important that antibiotics are only used when absolutely necessary and we urge the residents of Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire to listen to the advice of the GP or other healthcare professional when requesting antibiotics. It’s clear that unless we all really start to think about the consequences of asking for and taking antibiotics unnecessarily we risk making them ineffective for those who really need them. “

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