Antibiotic Prescribing 

Antibiotics, when used appropriately, can save lives in conditions such as pneumonia and meningitis.

Antibiotics don't, however, work for many common infections, such as colds, coughs and sore throats. Most of these are caused by viruses, which antibiotics do not kill: they only kill bacteria.

Taking antibiotics when they are not necessary can lead to needless side-effects and the development of antibiotic resistance: this means that some antibiotics might not be as effective when they are really needed.

In line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation, Portrush Medical Centre is actively working to reduce antibiotic prescribing. The demand on our practice for antibiotics is unacceptably high.

It is essential that we target antibiotic use to those patients with serious bacterial infections, who are at risk of suffering severe or prolonged illness, or are in danger of developing complications. You may notice that the doctor suggests other ways of managing your problem or gives a prescription to be used later rather than straight away.

Please be reassured that you will receive antibiotics if you really need them.

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