Royal Surrey is reminding people to only use antibiotics as prescribed by a doctor.
Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals.
Inappropriate use of these drugs is a key driver for this.
Royal Surrey is supporting Public Health England’s Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign and will be encouraging its staff to sign-up as Antibiotic Guardians.
Dr Reela Varghese, Consultant Microbiologist, said: “Antibiotics should only be taken as prescribed, and never saved for later or shared with others.
“The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them.
“To slow down the development of antibiotic resistance, it is important to use these vital drugs in the right way – the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration.
“Here at Royal Surrey we only prescribe antibiotics to our patients when there is a clear clinical need.”