Blackpool worst in region for antibiotics use

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.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:07 pm
Dr Amanda Doyle, Blackpool GP and clinical lead with NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group

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.

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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.”