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"It's partly about explaining to patients why antibiotics won't help".

Researchers from one of the College's Health Protection Research Units (HPRU) will be running drop off sessions at South Kensington and Hammersmith campuses as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

And without urgent intervention, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries will become untreatable, according World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world, threatening global health and food security. Infections affecting people - including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhea - and animals alike are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

The collaborative effort between doctors, pharmacists, microbiologists, infection prevention specialists, nurses and other healthcare professionals plays a critical role in driving and influencing the implementation of the hospital antimicrobial resistance strategy.

Staff and students will be able to surrender their unused or out of date antibiotics for safe disposal at the Sherfield Building on South Kensington campus and the Commonwealth Building at Hammersmith, between 12:00-13:30.

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"Taking antibiotics when they are not needed accelerates emergence of antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health".

"What we want them to realize that antibiotics only work on certain bacteria, not all bacteria you need an antibiotic for", said Deb Roberts, director of nursing for Allen County Public Health.

Members of the public can also hand in their antibiotics at their local high street pharmacy.

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NICE says stewardship programmes - where healthcare providers are taught specifically when and where to use antibiotic treatment - could slow down the development of medicine resistance in diseases. The IPC noted that it remains committed to an approach that balances the knowledge and scientific expertise of all stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of antimicrobials for human and animal needs and encouraged World Health Organization "to be more inclusive of the veterinary community in its work so its deep expertise can guide proper antimicrobial use and animal care".

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