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'Vindication after 30 years'.

Byline: Denis Kilcommons

YEARS ago, the receptionist at a Kirklees medical practice, told one doctor that he was known by patients as the "one who would not prescribe antibiotics".

"This did not make me popular but I was quite pleased to have that reputation," the GP tells me.

This was in the days when people with a bad cold often expected antibiotics to get them back on their feet.

The GP says he had to smile when he picked up a leaflet from the Post Office this week that was published by Kirkleees NHS and was entitled: Get Well Soon Without Antibiotics.

It explained that they should not be used to treat coughs and colds because they do not work against such viral infections. Using them too often can also lead to antibiotic resistance for the occasions when you really need them, to fight infections caused by bacteria. The best way to treat a cold, cough or sore throat is to drink plenty of fluids and rest, the leaflet said.

The GP says, "I did not have the benefit of this leaflet, but was willing to give my reasons for not prescribing antibiotics where there was time. My vindication has come after 30 years."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2009
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