People in Bromley urged to use antibiotics responsibly

Date: 14 November 2019

GPs in Bromley are reminding people to use antibiotics responsibility to ensure they can still protect us when we need them.

Antibiotics are a vital tool for modern medicine and are used to treat serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. They also help ward off infections during chemotherapy treatment for cancer, caesarean sections and other surgery.

However, the more we use them, the less effective they become.

Overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics allows harmful bacteria to develop resistance, which stops them from working. This means that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you, your family and wider community at risk.

Research suggests people are frequently using antibiotics unnecessarily for illnesses which get better by themselves such as coughs, earache and sore throats. This has led to a nine per cent increase in antibiotic-resistant infections between 2017 and 2018 – from 55,812 to 60,788 – and as a result, some common health conditions such as kidney infections and pneumonia have started to become untreatable.

It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.

We invite you to join in the fight against antibiotic resistance to keep our antibiotics working during World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November 2019) 

We can help prevent antibiotic resistance by:

  1. Only using antibiotics prescribed for you by your doctor because each prescription is targeted to each patient and each infection.
  2. Always take the antibiotics exactly as prescribed otherwise the bacteria are not completely destroyed and the infection can come back.
  3. Don’t use antibiotics for simple coughs and colds because antibiotics do not kill viruses and overuse increases bacterial resistance.

Overuse of antibiotics can also damage our useful bacteria which are found in our gut. These useful bacteria help us to digest food and they play an important role in our immune system.

For more information about antibiotic resistance, visit

Call to action: Become Antibiotic Guardian today - Visit the website and choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete:

  • Summary:

    Overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics allows harmful bacteria to develop resistance, which stops them from working

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