World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW) 18th -24th November 2021

Health leaders on the Fylde Coast are raising awareness of the ongoing risk of antibiotic resistance in an effort to ensure a world free from deaths caused by drug-resistant infections.

NHS Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have called on health care providers, schools, and colleagues to be part of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, which starts on Thursday (18th November). The CCGs want to raise awareness to all sectors of health care and public sectors as well as the general public and support patients affected by antibiotic resistant infections.

Antibiotic resistance is a huge global health crisis which is already responsible for 700,000 deaths a year. It is predicted that if the current situation doesn’t improve, by 2050 there will be 10 million deaths a year caused by antimicrobial resistance.

Without antibiotics then treatments we take for granted such as caesarean sections, hip replacements and cancer therapies could be too risky to undertake. And simple infections such as ear, throat, skin, blood and urinary tract could lead to sepsis.

Jacky Panesar, a local GP and clinical lead for the Fylde Coast CCGs, said: “We would be grateful for your participation during such a great event to raise public awareness and pupil education. All the information for this campaign will be helping to beat antibiotic resistance. We don’t want future generations to face a pandemic like we have.”

The Fylde Coast CCGs’ team has also signed up to become an antibiotic guardian, this means helping to protect antibiotics and improve knowledge about antibiotic resistance.

If you have any queries about the campaign, contact the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, European Antibiotic Awareness Day and Antibiotic Guardian National Lead, Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope via espaur@phe.gov.uk

For more information about antibiotic guardians, visit  https://antibioticguardian.com