14th November 2019
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance as a global problem and promote best practices amongst health workers, the general public and policy-makers to reduce the rate of emergence of antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global threats we face today. Without effective antibiotics, many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Basic operations such as chemotherapy, surgery and animal health all rely on access to effective antibiotics. To keep antibiotics working and slow the rate of resistance we must ensure unnecessary and inappropriate use is avoided.
This year WAAW is being held between 18th and 22nd November and the L&D’s pharmacy team will be raising awareness about the problems of antibiotic resistance and sharing information on how to best manage this problem. Come and visit the team in main reception and the Chiltern restaurant between 12-2 to find out how you can stop the spread, pledge to become an antibiotic guardian and take part in the fun activities organised!
Visit www.antibioticguardian.com for more information.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.