If you are looking for information on a range of medical conditions, symptoms and treatments then please take a look at Patient UK or NHS Choices - these have a vast amount of resources that can help you better understand your health.
ANTIBIOTICS AND INFECTIONS
One of the commonest reasons for a consultation with a GP is for infection. You may be aware of the concerns with the rise in antibiotic resistance for common infections. We appreciate that you may not be sure whether you have an infection or whether you need any treatment to begin with. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are worried.
If you have a chronic medical condition that increases your risk of serious infection, your GP or Practice Nurse will have given you advice on when to contact us - please follow this at all times.
To help improve your understanding of infection and help us to reduce antibiotic resistance, there are a selection of resources below that you may find helpful. This may give you more confidence in self treatment and avoid unnecessary visits to your GP.
Over the next twelve months, practices all over the city are going to be engaging in a programme to reduce prescribing of a range of antibiotics that can lead to serious complications and antibiotic resistance.
Your GP may give you this Patient Information Leaflet following a consultation with a common infection - please follow it's advice.
When Should I Worry?
The When Should I Worry?
booklet provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections such as coughs, colds, sore throats and ear aches in children.
Get well soon without antibiotics
This leaflet, produced by the Department of Health, explains the need to get the right treatment for common illnesses such as colds and coughs without encouraging antibiotic resistance. It is available in different languages.
Treat yourself better
The treat yourself better website, www.treatyourselfbetter.co.uk, has a symptom checker for cold and flu as well as the message that antibiotics do not work for these symptoms.
Medicines for Children
The Medicines for Children website, www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk provides information for parents and carers about giving medicines to children, written and reviewed by doctors, pharmacists, parents and carers.
The website contains Medicines information leaflets and the option to read or watch short films about giving different medicines forms.
Medicines for Children is a partnership programme by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists (NPPG) and WellChild. Read about what they do.
e-bug, www.e-bug.eu (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed), is a free microbiology, hygiene and antibiotic educational resource for junior (9-11 years) and senior (12-15 years) school students across Europe. Designed by health professionals, with input from schools and young people, and endorsed by the Department of Education, the e-Bug resource comprises of a teacher pack containing detailed lesson plans and an accompanying fun interactive website for students.