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Get better without antibiotics

How should I treat my cold?

The best way to treat most colds, coughs or sore throats is to drink plenty of fluids and to rest. Colds can last about two weeks and may end with a cough and bringing up phlegm. There are many over the counter remedies to ease the symptoms – paracetamol, for example. Ask your pharmacist for advice. If the cold lasts more than three weeks, or you become breathless or have chest pains, or already have a chest complaint, see your doctor.

What about my children, they’re always getting coughs and colds?

It’s very common for children to get coughs and colds, especially when they go to school and mix with other children. Ask your pharmacist for advice. If the symptoms persist and you are concerned, see your doctor but you shouldn’t expect to be prescribed antibiotics.

Why should antibiotics not be used to treat coughs and colds?

All colds and most coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not work against infections, such as colds, caused by viruses. Viral infections are much more common than bacterial infections.

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are important medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic. They become ‘antibiotic resistant’ so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more often we use an antibiotic, the more likely it is that bacteria will become resistant to it. Some bacteria that cause infections in hospitals, such as MRSA, are resistant to several antibiotics.

Why can’t different antibiotics be used instead?

They can, but they may not be as effective, and they may have more side-effects. And eventually the bacteria will become resistant to them too. We cannot be sure we will always be able to find new antibiotics to replace the old ones. In recent years fewer new antibiotics have been discovered.

How can antibiotic resistance be avoided?

By using antibiotics less often we can slow down the development of resistance. It’s not possible to stop it completely, but slowing it down stops resistance spreading and buys some time to develop new types of antibiotics.

What can I do about antibiotic resistance?

By only using antibiotics when it’s appropriate to do so. We now know that most coughs and colds get better just as quickly without antibiotics. When they are prescribed, the complete course should be taken in order to get rid of the bacteria completely. If the course isn’t completed, some bacteria may be left to develop resistance.

So when will I be prescribed antibiotics?

Your doctor will only prescribe antibiotics when you need them, for example for a kidney infection or pneumonia. Antibiotics may be life-saving for infections such as meningitis. By not using them unnecessarily, they are more likely to work when we need them. Please do not put pressure on your doctor to prescribe antibiotics

Further information can be found on the following website: www.nhs.uk/antibiotics

 



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VACANCIES

We are looking to recruit a further Nurse Practioner and this advert will shortly be available on NHS Jobsite.

We currently have a full time apprentice vacancy who will be required to study for an NVQ2 in Business Administration. This will be partly working in our dispensary as a prescription clerk. Please contact Julie Withey our Business Manager in the first instance to request further information. The job will be advertised on the National Apprentice Website.

NEW PARTNER

South Holderness Medical Practice is pleased to announce that Dr Julian Clark joined the practice as a new partner on 24th June. Dr Clark is an experienced GP who has been working as a partner in Grimsby for the last 20 years. He has a strong interest in Medical Education and has links with both GP Registrar Training and the Hull York Medical School. The practice has a long history in providing Medical Education and we are sure Dr Clark will help strengthen this further.

 

New telephone system

The final stage of our new telephone system is being installed. This will mean you have one 01964 telephone number to call for all 3 sites.

Online Appointments

A small number of appointments only are available to book online  during this interim period.

We are planning to make improvements to our online offering in the next few months.

Missed appointments

We continue to have a very high number of patients who fail to attend appointments they have made each day so please do remember to cancel so they can be offered to other patients who may really need them . You can cancel your appointments online. The

 

 
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