World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 18th - 24th November 2021

Health leaders in central Lancashire are raising awareness of the ongoing risk of antibiotic resistance in an effort to ensure a world free from deaths caused by drug-resistant infections.

NHS Chorley and South Ribble Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Preston Commissioning Group (CCG) have called on health care providers, partners, and colleagues to be part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which starts on Thursday (18th November). The CCGs want to raise awareness to all sectors of health care and public sectors as well as the general public and support patients affected by antibiotic resistant infections.

Antibiotic resistance is a huge global health crisis which is already responsible for 700,000 deaths a year. It is predicted that if the current situation doesn’t improve, by 2050 there will be 10 million deaths a year caused by antimicrobial resistance.

Without antibiotics, treatments we take for granted such as routine surgery and some cancer therapies could be too risky to undertake and simple infections such as ear, throat, skin, blood and urinary tract could lead to sepsis due to antibiotic resistance. 

Dr Lindsey Dickinson, local GP, Chair and Clinical Lead for the NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG, said:

“We are proud to be supporting World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.The more antibiotics are used to unnecessarily treat minor conditions, the more likely they are to become ineffective for treating more serious conditions.

"Remember to always take the advice of a GP or pharmacist to help keep antibiotics working effectively.”

NHS central Lancashire CCGs’ will also be supporting the campaign via social media including a Twitter storm to be held at 1:00pm on Thursday 18th November 2021 to improve knowledge about antibiotic resistance. Find us on Twitter at: @CentralLancCCGs

You can also click below to view a video, produced by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to mark the week and raise awareness:

To learn more about World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day, visit: