Friday 25th January 2019 from 11.00am – 3.00pm BT are updating the phone lines. You may experience problems phoning the practice. During this time if you are unable to contact us please use this alternative number  01507 499220.

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Whenever there is a high number of bacteria, few of them are resistant to antibiotics.  Antibiotics kill the bacteria that cause the illness, as well as good bacteria that protects the body from infection.  The resistant bacteria can now grow and multiply without competition.  Some bacteria can even transfer their resistance to antibiotics to other bacteria, which causes more problems.

Antibiotics help clear out infection, but it is the immune system that needs to do the final part of the process.

 

HOW TO PREVENT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE:

 

PREVENT  ie:  Vaccinations

DONT USE ANTIBIOTICS WHEN IT IS NOT NECESSARY ie:  diarrhoea, kennel cough, cat flu

USE ANTISEPTICS ie: superficial skin infection

TOPICAL ANTIBIOTICS ie: small wounds

FIRST LINE ANTIBIOTICS ie: uncomplicated infections

CULTURE AND SENSITIVITY ie: when the previous options don’t work

ALWAYS TAKE THE ADVICE FROM YOUR VET REGARDING ANTIBIOTIC USE

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