THIS week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is spreading the word on social media.
The Trust, which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, has made a short film which is being shared widely on Twitter to raise awareness among staff and patients of the importance of keeping antibiotics working by not misusing them.
The film (https://youtu.be/63f5JoFjqOw) was created in collaboration with the Trust’s Pharmacy, Microbiology and Medical Illustration departments.
Dr Sulman Hasnie, Consultant Microbiologist at the Trust, said: “Antibiotics save lives and are an essential part of modern medicine, keeping people safe from infection when they are at their most vulnerable.
Resistance is rising
“But resistance is rising – so it’s absolutely paramount that the NHS and healthcare worldwide preserve these vital drugs for when we really need them and keep antibiotics working for those patients who need them most.
“We’re also calling on the public to join us in tackling antibiotic resistance by listening to your GP, pharmacist or nurse’s advice and only taking antibiotics when necessary.”
In the film, which has attracted a lot of interest, several members of our medical and pharmacy staff describe why antimicrobial stewardship is important to them.
Watch the film at: https://youtu.be/63f5JoFjqOw
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- Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.
Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.
In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.
The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.
In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.
As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.
The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98 per cent of all GPs across the country.
Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.
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