Antibiotics are an important resource that enables us to treat everyday infections, but it also enables us to perform modern medicine such as chemotherapy, heart surgery and transplants. Losing effective antibiotics may result in not being able to perform these lifesaving medical and surgical treatments.
The Department of Infection guides the Trust on how to best use antibiotics. There are antibiotic guidelines available for the treatment and the prevention of infections. Effective use of antibiotics (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic medicines) helps to reduce antibiotic resistance.