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Antibiotic Prescribing in the Community

Guidelines for Antibiotic Prescribing in the Community

These guidelines are intended to provide advice on the effective and safe treatment of infections commonly presenting in primary care (doses are for adults unless otherwise stated) in mainly Wessex, but also Surrey Heath, Berkshire East and West, Coastal West Sussex and Oxfordshire CCG. 

The guidelines also promote the use of narrow-spectrum antibiotics in preference to broad- spectrum antibiotics where safe and appropriate. The audience of users is anticipated to be general practitioners, GP trainees, GP practice nurses, non-medical prescribers, paramedics, hospital emergency department staff and community pharmacists.

Please note that if you are not in the areas mentioned above then you should refer and adhere to your local microbial guidelines.

These guidelines are accessible online via this website:

You can download them as a PDF for your desktop.


There were hard copy versions available and an app for the previous Community guidance. Unfortunately the hard copies are not available for this updated version and the app is no longer being updated.

These guidelines also differ from national policy on the Paediatric guidance. Please see the NHS antibiotic guideline website under the heading ‘Purely Paediatrics’ for further information including webinars and a document containing a summary of the evidence supporting the paediatric prescribing guidelines.

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Updated on Friday, 10 July 2020 33524 views