Category Archives: Antibiotics

RCGP TARGET Antibiotic Newsletter

The team responsible for the RCGP TARGET Antibiotic Toolkit have just published the second in their new series of quarterly newsletters. The March 2018 edition of the RCGP TARGET Toolkit Newsletter includes draft UTI diagnosis flowcharts amd information about a new Treating Your Infection UTI leaflet for older adults and those who care for them due to published very soon.

MicroGuide Antibiotics Guideline App Feedback

We are evaluating the MicroGuide Antibiotics App and need your feedback on how useful you find the app and anything you would like to see changed.  The survey takes a maximum of 5 minutes to complete and can be found on the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NECSMGuide 

Update to North East & Cumbria Antimicrobial Prescribing Guideline for Primary Care: UTIs and antibiotics in pregnancy

The North East and Cumbria antimicrobial prescribing guideline for primary care and quick reference guideline have been updated in line with new guidance from Public Health England around treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and use of antibiotics in pregnancy.

Nitrofurantoin is now recommended as first line antibiotic for treatment of lower urinary tract infections in adults.

In pregnancy, if possible, avoid tetracyclines, quinolones, aminoglycosides, azithromycin, clarithromycin, high dose metronidazole (2g stat) unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Erythromycin is now the recommended treatment of acute sore throat in pregnancy in penicillin allergic patients.