This topic is reported on a regular basis and the blame for prescribing 90% of all antibiotics is usually laid at the door of GPs.
This, of course, is associated with the fact that GPs clearly do not see any really ill patients because we send all of these to hospital. Is that a fair or balanced view?
Of course it isn’t, but could we prescribe fewer antibiotics? The answer is probably "yes" for most of us.
Public Health England published guidance called "Managing common infections: guidance for primary care
The RCGP produced an antibiotic toolkit (TARGET) that is very helpful and can be found on the RCGP website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/toolkits/target-antibiotic-toolkit.aspx
It has some very useful tools to help practices including:
Leaflets to share with patients
Guidance for GPs on antimicrobial resistance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkYQJettZVo&feature=youtu.be )
Resources for clinical and waiting areas
Wessex is a very important part of the country in terms of antibiotics for three reasons:
1. Sir Edward Abraham
Edward Abraham is probably not well known to many, but he was a biochemist who was born in Shirley in Southampton and was educated at King Edwards School in Southampton.
He was part of the team of scientists that developed penicillin and its medical applications. He then went on to develop cephalosporins.
His legacy included a Trust which has made significant donations to King Edwards School which has benefited the children of many GPs locally.
2. Professor Paul Little
Paul is the professor of primary care research based in Southampton. He is one of the most respected primary care researchers in the country and has published many papers on common self limiting illnesses including sore throat, otitis media etc.
His work is frequently referenced when there are discussions about the use of antibiotics in general practice.
3. Antibiotic Guidelines
Guidelines can change so to keep up to date with the most recent version please click on this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the current version. These guidelines include input from Wessex clinicians.