Blackpool worst in region for antibiotics use

Dr Amanda Doyle, Blackpool GP and clinical lead with NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Amanda Doyle, Blackpool GP and clinical lead with NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
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Blackpool residents are risking a health crisis by relying too heavily on antibiotics which could make them treatment resistant and put their lives at risk, it was claimed.

Figures released by Public Health England show a marked increase in resistance to antibiotics over the past five years, partly blamed on a rise in prescriptions.

Blackpool had the highest rate of antibiotic prescribing in the north west in the second quarter of this year, prompting a plea from Dr Amanda Doyle, the town clinical commissioning group (CCG)’s chief clinical officer.

She said: “We have an amazing immune system that can fight most infections on its own given time and plenty of rest to do its job. Antibiotics are seen as a quick fix but if we become resistant to them they won’t work when needed.”