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Public Health England have launched a new national campaign, highlighting that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness. To help keep antibiotics working you are urged to always take your doctors or nurse’s advice on antibiotics.

It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective.

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

How to look after yourself and your family:

If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven't been prescribed antibiotics, here are some effective self care ways to help you feel better:

  • Ask your pharmacist to reccommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Make sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty
  • Fever is a sign the body is fighting infection and usually gets better itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever
  • Use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading your infection

Click here for further information on antibiotic use.

Antibiotic Guardian

Health professionals, patients, health leaders and those who work with, own or treat animals are being encouraged to visit the antibiotic guardian website and choose a pledge that they can fulfil and play their part in protecting some of our most precious medicines.

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Streptococcus outbreak in mid Essex

The NHS in the mid Essex area is responding to a number of local cases of bacterial infections among elderly people receiving treatment for wounds in care homes and in their own homes.

To date there have been 32 cases of invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) in Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District and sadly 12 patients have died. There was also a single case in Basildon in 2018 and another in Southend in February 2019, however currently there appears to be no direct link between these cases and the cases in mid Essex.

An incident management team has been set up, led by NHS Mid Essex CCG, with input also from Provide Community Interest Company, Public Health England and support from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a bacteria that can be found in the throat and on the skin and for many people will not cause any illness. Most Group A streptococcus infections cause relatively mild illnesses such as ‘strep throat’ (a sore throat), scarlet fever or a skin infection. There is an extremely low risk of serious infection to healthy people but on rare occasions, these bacteria can enter the body and cause severe and even life-threatening conditions. This infection is called Invasive Group A streptococcal disease (IGAS).

Additional infection control measures have been put in place to prevent the infection spreading.

Rachel Hearn, Director of Nursing and Quality, Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those patients who have died.

“The NHS in Essex is working closely with Public Health England and other partners to manage this local incident, and extra infection control measures have been put in place to prevent the infection spreading in the area.

“The risk of contracting iGAS is very low for the vast majority of people and treatment with antibiotics is very effective if started early. We will continue to work with our partners in Public Health England to investigate how this outbreak occurred and take every possible step to ensure our local community is protected.”

Anyone who is worried can call a Freephone helpline on 03000 032124. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

Our website will be regularly updated with any further updates.

 

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Mid Essex primary care services to receive training in supporting LGBT patients

Mid Essex primary care services to receive training in supporting LGBT patients

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Pride in Practice is a quality assurance and social prescribing programme that supports healthcare professionals in meeting the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients. Funding from the Government Equalities Office has enabled LGBT Foundation to pilot Pride in Practice in mid Essex to reduce health inequalities experienced by members of the LGBT community.

First established in Greater Manchester in 2011, Pride in Practice will offer free training, supported assessment and accreditation to GP practices within Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and respond to community feedback and address nationally-identified health inequalities.

Research shows that one in seven LGBT people avoid seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff and almost one in four LGBT people have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff .

Through training, supported assessment and accreditation, Pride in Practice supports healthcare professionals to confidently and effectively meet the needs of their LGBT patients. Relationships between primary care services and patients is strengthened through increased knowledge, active signposting and adapting services provisions to be more inclusive. For example, Pride in Practice can give practitioners the confidence to:

  • support transgender patients beginning their transition

  • support gay and lesbian people wanting to adopt children

  • support the delivery of effective signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities, linking services with a range of LGBT-affirmative local community assets

Dr Anna Davey, local GP at Chair of Mid Essex CCG said:

“We are delighted to support the LGBT Foundation in implementing Pride in Practice across mid Essex CCG and deliver inclusive care for LGBT people within general practice.

The LGBT Foundation has a fantastic track record for delivering this programme and I am looking forward to seeing the results over the coming months.”

Claudia Carvell, Business Development Manager Pride in Practice at the LGBT Foundation added:

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with mid Essex CCG and integrate Pride in Practice within their GP practices. Mid Essex is uniquely situated to support LGBT people living just outside Greater London, who would traditionally require extensive travel to get the support and healthcare that they need. We hope that working collaboratively with mid Essex CCG, Livewell link workers and the local LGBT community will enable GP services to be more inclusive, equitable and effective for both patients and healthcare professionals.”

For more information about Pride in Practice, visit the LGBT foundation.

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