A campaign to reduce the use of antibiotics in north Leeds saw doctors issue 5,800 less prescriptions from September 2013 to August 2014 than in the year previous.
The work by NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) reduced prescriptions by more than four per cent amid concerns from health experts that over-reliance on antibiotics makes medicines less effective.
It is feared that antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patients’ safety. Nationally the numbers of prescriptions increased by 0.7 per cent in the same 2013/14 period.
The CCG’s campaign included school, community and faith group engagement as well as a campaign influencing the behaviour of GPs along with an app advising clinicians.
Dr Manjit Purewal, clinical director at Leeds North CCG, said: “We are committed to further reducing the numbers prescribed to ensure that patients are given antibiotics responsibly, when needed, so they can be the most effective.”
Leeds North CCG is a GP-led body that commissions some NHS services in north Leeds.