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Stafford GPs over-prescribe antibiotics, warns hospital chief

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

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GPs prescribing too many antibiotics are hampering Stafford Hospital’s efforts to halt infections such as C Difficile, the Mid Staffs Trust chief executive has warned.

Maggie Oldham said Staffordshire’s family doctors were an “outlier” well above the national average for the number of antibiotics prescribed to their patients.

“When patients come into hospital who have had frequent doses of antibiotics – and possibly not the most appropriate types of antibiotics - they are at more risk of C Diff,” she told Staffordshire councillors.

She said the trust was working with local GPs to try to cut the “routine” prescribing of antibiotics which led to some bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant.

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Investigation of C Diff cases in the trust’s hospitals had found that they had been isolated incidents, with no evidence of cross-infection between patients.

The trust was also working on its own prescribing of antibiotics, to ensure that patients did not stay on them longer than they needed to.

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