GP's cartoon link for antibiotic campaign
Dr John Warrington has joined forces with a character designed by a Viz cartoonist in a campaign aimed at cutting antibiotic prescribing.
The campaign set up by Tyne and Wear Health Action Zone is primarily aimed at patients, but
will also target GPs after South Tyneside PCT
found evidence of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.
Dr Warrington, a salaried GP employed by the
PCT, said prescribing data showed GPs had given second- or third-line drugs, including quinolones, as first-line.
South Tyneside lost its three-star status due to a high level of antibiotic prescribing.
Dr Warrington added: 'We have got lots of chest disease because of the history of mining around here so that puts up our antibiotic prescribing rate, sometimes quite legitimately.
'We are also overdoing it for people with coughs who would get better by themselves.'