Manchester and York, UK, 18th November 2021 / Sciad Newswire / Well Pharmacy has joined forces with the charity Antibiotic Research UK for World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) to encourage patients to be antibiotics aware this winter to drive better health outcomes in the communities they serve.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health and highlighted the importance of infection management. Antibiotics are important medications that fight infections and save lives by killing bacteria in your body.
While antibiotics can help cure your bacterial infections, they won’t help you fight a virus like a cold or the flu – and taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can have serious consequences including increasing the risk of bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics as well as unpleasant side effects for patients.
During World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), Well Pharmacy will be reaching out across their entire network of 750 community pharmacies nationwide and encouraging the safe and effective use of antibiotics this winter.
Pharmacists and pharmacy teams will be talking to patients and handing out information leaflets and guidance explaining that antibiotics don’t work on sickness caused by viruses. This includes most flu and common cold symptoms, such as sore throats, sinus infections, chest colds and bronchitis.
Kate Latham, Professional & Regulatory Standards Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy, said:
“Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. It is important to remember that antibiotics do not treat viruses, including the one that causes COVID-19.
“We all need to play our part to slow resistance and cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We will use World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) as a platform to talk to our patients and the communities we take care of about this important issue. We are pleased to work in partnership with Antibiotic Research UK and share resources with millions of people over the next week.”
Arlene Brailey, Pharmacist and member of the Patient Support team at Antibiotic Research UK, said:
“Antibiotic resistance is a global health disaster that is already killing 700,000 people a year and leaving even more to deal with the life changing impacts of living with a resistant infection. We are therefore thrilled to be working with Well Pharmacy to raise awareness of this issue and provide much needed support and information to patients and pharmacists across the UK."
Professor Colin Garner, the charity’s Chief Executive, welcomed the collaboration with Well Pharmacy and said:
“Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can cause drug-resistant bacteria to develop so we want to reduce this. We have recently published data that shows antibiotic prescribing in England fell during the pandemic. By working with Well Pharmacy, we hope to continue to reduce unnecessary prescriptions by helping people to understand exactly when they might need antibiotics, the other treatments available to help relieve symptoms, and simple steps to stop the spread of infection, such as hand washing and using disposable tissues.”
Notes to Editors
About Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK)
The world’s first charity and only charity focussed on tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance. The charity’s mission is to develop new antibiotic treatments, educate the public about resistance and provide patient support. Since its formation in 2014, the charity has funded research, supported academic groups in universities and employed the country’s first Patient Support Officer focussed on supporting patients with an antibiotic resistant infection. The charity relies wholly on public donations and receives no government support.
You can learn more about Antibiotic Research UK at www.antibioticresearch.org.uk
About Well Pharmacy
Well have been offering pharmacy services for over 70 years to communities across the UK.
We are the third largest pharmacy in the UK, employing nearly 7,000 people and providing over 72 million prescriptions each year across our 750 pharmacies. Our pharmacists can provide advice on getting the best from medicines and general healthcare, as well as treating minor ailments and offering a range of health and wellbeing products – all without having to make an appointment.
In addition to our pharmacies, we give customers choice, with our online service for those who want the convenience of having their repeat prescriptions delivered direct to their home – available online or as an Apple (IOS) or Android app. We also offer a range of healthcare items for sale via our online pharmacy: shop.well.co.uk Items are available for home delivery with a one off £4 delivery charge.
Our Bestway Medhub subsidiary provides a wholesaling service for independent pharmacies, and our Wardles subsidiary provides non-medicines (eg, medical consumables such as bandages and dressings).
The Well operation is supported by our Healthcare Service Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, sending out around 90 million stock items to our pharmacies each year. This semi-automated warehouse and distribution centre allows us to use a hub-and-spoke model for prescriptions. This means some items are assembled centrally and sent to pharmacies to handout out to their patients.
For further information:
Please contact Juliette Craggs or Richard Anderson
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