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Antibiotics are important for the treatment of some bacterial conditions including some which are mild, and others which can be life-threatening. However, antibiotics are also useless in treating many other conditions. Find out about the uses of antibiotics.
Learn about the antibiotics available. Learn whether a particular drug is suitable for you and how it should be taken, including advice about diet, alcohol intake and whether it can be taken at the same time as other medicines.
All medicines can cause side effects, and it's important that it is known what these are. If you think you have had a side-effect to one of your medicines you can report this on the Yellow Card Scheme.
The Yellow Card Scheme is used to make pharmacists, doctors and nurses aware of any new side-effects that medicines may have caused.
Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections. Learn more...
Antibiotics are a group of medicines that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and certain parasites. They do not work against infections that are caused by viruses - for example, the common cold or flu. Antibiotics are normally only prescribed for more serious bacterial infections - for example, pneumonia. Find out about what antibiotics are, how they are used, side effects and types of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are important medicines. They help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is driven by overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. It's important that we use antibiotics the right way, to slow down resistance and make sure these life-saving medicines remain effective for us and future generations.
Antibiotics are medications used to treat, and in some cases prevent, bacterial infections. They can be used to treat relatively mild conditions such as acne as well as potentially life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia. However, antibiotics has no benefit for other types of infection. Read the information on this page and watch the animation about the use of antibiotics for more information.
Medical Care when we are closed
Please do not ask to see a doctor out of hours unless you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.
NHS 111 Service: When our practice is closed you can still get support. You can get expert medical advice and useful ingformation by calling NHS 111 or through 111 online. The NHS service is available 24 hours a day and can provide information, issue prescriptions to a pharmacy of your choice, book a GP appointment, and, if necessary, refer people to emergency services.
Emergency: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath do constitute an emergency (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency).
Out of Hours Service: If you phone the surgery when we are closed you will be automatically transferred to the out of hours service SELDOC (South East London Doctors on call). Alternatively you can phone SELDOC directly on: 020 8693 9066. You will be given advice, asked to visit the out of hours centre, or be visited by the doctor on call.
NHS Walk In Service: The local NHS walk-in centre also provides healthcare advice, information and treatment with no appointment necessary. The nearest walk-in centre is: The Junction Health Centre, Arches 5-8, Clapham Junction Station, 5-8 Grant Rd, London, SW11 2NU. Telephone: 0333 200 1718.
Non-emergency: Take a look at our "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
Minor Injuries: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or the local minor injuries unit at Guy's Hospital Urgent Care Centre.
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