New antibiotic guardians at Welwyn Garden City hospital

Staff at the New QEII's ambulatory care team are supporting the scheme.

Staff at the New QEII's ambulatory care team are supporting the scheme. - Credit: Archant

Staff at Welwyn Garden City’s New QEII Hospital are backing a campaign to help cut out unnecessary antibiotics use.

The hospital’s ambulatory care team has become “antibiotic guardians” to raise awareness of how dangerous overusing the medication could be.

It involves three key principles: do not demand them; take them exactly as required; spread the word.

Dr McGuinness, associate specialist in acute medicine and ambulatory care, told the WHT: “The ambulatory team at the New QEII became antibiotic guardians as part of the campaign nationally run by Public Health England to raise awareness of the growing global issue of antibiotic resistance.

“As antibiotic guardians, we wish to encourage everyone to join us in protecting antibiotics against the threat of resistance.

“People interested in finding out more about this very important initiative just need to go online at and share on social media #AntibioticGuardian.”

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