The number of antibiotics being prescribed on the Island fell between November 2017 and October 2018, compared to the previous 12 months.

In November 2016 to October 2017, 92,497 antibiotic prescriptions were issued by Isle of Wight GPs.

Between November 2017 and October 2018, 88,183 prescriptions were issued.

We are being urged to use antibiotics less often, in a bid to extend their use and prevent them from becoming resistant.

Caroline Allen, deputy head of medicines optimisation for the NHS Isle of Wight CCG, said:

“Antibiotics are essential to medical treatment and help treat bacterial infections, such as
pneumonia and meningitis. Common infections such as colds, flu, some sore throats, most coughs and some ear infections are, although inconvenient, often due to viruses – put simply, antibiotics are of no use in treating those sorts of illnesses.

“A pharmacist can suggest things you can do yourself to help with symptomatic relief and provide useful advice. We want to keep antibiotics working so that they are effective when they are needed to treat serious bacterial infection such as pneumonia and meningitis, and we also need them to avoid infections during chemotherapy and certain surgeries.”