Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
According to Public Health England there were 12,250 antibiotic resistant infections diagnosed in 2013 but this has now risen to 16,504 in 2017.
To raise awareness of antibiotic resistance, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a local campaign called ‘Seriously Resistant’, which is supported by all partners across the city; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds City Council