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MRSA Action UK asks healthcare professionals and the public to be Antibiotic Guardians

Members of MRSA Action UK are making their pledge to become Antibiotic Guardians encouraging everyone to make better use of antibiotics.

The aim of this year's European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18th November is that by 30th November at least 10,000 healthcare professionals and members of the public will have committed to at least one pledge for prudent use of antimicrobials.

Antibiotics treat infections by killing bacteria, but now the bacteria are fighting back. Medicines are becoming less effective which means more deaths and more complications for people receiving treatment in hospital. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, organ transplants, cancer treatments all rely on antibiotics that work.

Antibiotics are precious. The message we are giving to healthcare professionals is to take care when prescribing them. Antibiotics have an important and often lifesaving role in healthcare, but prescribing them unnecessarily contributes to the problem of bacteria developing resistance to the antibiotics that they would have once been susceptible to.

We also want to remind the public that they should be aware that antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections and they do not work against virus infections such as those causing colds or most coughs. GPs should only prescribe antibiotics when you need them. When antibiotics are prescribed, it is important that patients always take them as directed and complete the course to get rid of the bacteria completely and so they can stay effective in the future.

25,000 people die each year across Europe from infections resistant to antibiotics. Research has shown that only 10% of sore throats and 20% of acute sinusitis benefit from antibiotic treatment but the prescription rates are much higher than this.

Everyone can help to preserve antibiotics for the future by taking simple actions. Donít ask for them, treat cold and flu symptoms with pharmacist advice and over the counter medicines. Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, never save them for later and never share them with others.

We have all been personally affected by the scourge of antibiotic resistance, and know what happens when the drugs donít work. Anyone facing surgery is vulnerable, as there are more and more antibiotic resistant organisms developing in the healthcare environment. Members of the charity also give their time to work with research into antibiotic resistance and helping with writing guidelines and patient information with microbiologists and infection prevention practitioners. Itís a way of making sure our relatives have not passed away in vain, sharing our experiences to help get the message out there is important.

Anyone can pledge to be an Antibiotic Guardian by visiting
Kings College Hospital Trust
Infection Control Study Day 20 November 2014

Derek Butler will attend the Infection Control Study Day with Link Nurses and Nurse Champions from all clinical areas across Kings College Hospital Trust.

Derek will lead a morning teaching session for the emergency department on the effects MRSA has on patients and families. This is with the aim of impressing on clinicians the very real consequences poor hand hygiene can have for patients.
Jules completes the
Poppy Half Marathon in Bexhill-on-Sea
8 November 2014

Jules ran in the Poppy Half Marathon in Bexhill-on-Sea the day before Remembrance Sunday

Jules is showing her medal with pride. She said "Nearly flew to Kansas today the wind was so strong"

"Fitness definitely returning - 1.55 - happy with that!"

Fantastic Jules and a great event to be a part of!

Thank you Jules and Steve for raising £4,263.88 and covering over 1,400 race miles!

To support them leave a message on their Just Giving page visit
or text MRSA66 to 70070 and the amount to donate

You can read more about their challenges and achievements since they began running for us in 2011 on their dedicated webpage These are their forthcoming challenges:

London Winter Run 10k Central London 1 February 2015
Roding Valley Half on the 8 March 2015
Surrey Spitfire 20 miler Dunsfold Aerodrome 29 March 2015
Brighton Marathon 12 April 2015
London Marathon on the 26 April 2015
Bupa 10K London on the 25 May 2015
Chase the Train in Wales in August 2015
Maria Saraceni has completed the Reaper's Run in Coventry On Saturday 18th Oct 2014

Trees and winding forest trails mud, lakes and obstacles are waiting for Maria to run the Reaper, all for MRSA Action UK. Maria tells her story of her own experience with MRSA on her Just Giving page:

"I myself acquired MRSA whilst pregnant with my third child. It was the most frightening illness I have ever experienced, especially when, after three years of suffering, I was down to the last treatment options. Hope was further fading when I was informed that I had a very rare form, Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL), which, at that time, the consultants had little knowledge of and the prognosis was poor."

"However, it is not just my experience that inspires me. I have a number of friends whose loved ones went into hospital with an illness or condition and ended up losing their life to a hospital acquired infection."

"I am concerned for the future of healthcare, for although we have a modern healthcare system, this is meaningless if we still have avoidable healthcare infections in our hospitals. I am thus raising funds for the charity MRSA Action UK to help them campaign for safer standards in our hospitals, to ensure that we pass on to our children a healthcare system safer than the one we inherited from our parents and to support and help those affected by avoidable healthcare infections."

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my good friend Sue who, just as I was giving up hope, contacted and put me in touch with Derek and Maria, founders of MRSA Action UK. Derek and Maria's own personal tragedies led them to form MRSA Action UK and they work tirelessly, on an entirely voluntary basis, to help and support others, like myself, affected by hospital acquired infections and their families. Their help and support was invaluable and I think it would be fair to say that they saved my life. Several years have now passed and I will remain forever indebted to them, not only for the practical help they provided but for the much needed emotional support that made me feel I wasn't alone and that there was hope. And there was!"

"I now think it is time I gave something back."

MRSA Action UK is here to help and support you when you need it. You can see how Maria get's on by visiting her Just Giving page at

Thank you Maria.

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If you think you can help then please get in touch to talk about getting involved, you may like to help with fundraising and raising awareness. You can do this by donating through Just Giving securely or by creating your own fundraising page or a page in memory of someone. 

Just ten pounds could help to support people affected by MRSA or other infections by helping with advice and understanding from others who have been affected.  It could also help to provide patient information leaflets, posters to raise awareness on how to prevent infections, leaflets and training materials for seminars, workshops and education events.

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