Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust has been recognised by the British Medical Association for leading the way in use of antibiotics in the fight against infection.
The BMA praised the trust’s development of clear and simple antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for staff.
These urge staff to closely document justifications for starting therapy, to administer antimicrobials orally wherever possible and regularly refer to consultant microbiologists for authorisation and advice.
A pocket antibiotic booklet is also issued to all prescribers.
Martin Stephens, the trust’s associate medical director of clinical effectiveness and medicines, said: ‘Our microbiology doctors and pharmacists have worked extremely hard on developing this policy to further enhance the fight against infection and we are delighted to have received national credit.’
The trust’s antimicrobial prescribing policy appears in the BMA Board of Science’s Tackling healthcare associated infections through effective policy action report, published this month.