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The infectious spread of misinformation

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus isn’t the only dangerous epidemic going on in the world right now: the spread of misinformation is also incredibly troubling. Misinformation is being generated and shared at a rate never seen before – here’s how to keep safe. Across the world, people are increasingly turning to the internet for information, entertainment and even hope. Antibiotic Research UK is well …

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Do you think I am immunocompromised because I have a resistant infection? Do I need to take even more precautions with coronavirus around?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

These questions have been asked of Arlene Brailey, Antibiotic Research UK’s Patient Support Officer, by quite a few patients now. They already battle resistant infections on a daily basis. The coronavirus has introduced a new element of fear for them about their safety within our communities. One patient, Lisa, confided that: “People at risk are living in fear, living in …

Lisa Jones in her car talking about an antibiotic crisis

“We don’t want to find ourselves in lockdown again – but this time, because we don’t have any new antibiotics”

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more, Patient stories

These are the words of Lisa, who has resistant bacteria continually collecting around surgical devices in her body which cause dreadful infection and make her feel really unwell. She has also experienced severe pneumonia on several occasions. She told our Patient Support Officer, Arlene, that “We need to use coronavirus to our advantage, and we need to learn lessons from …

Peter Gibson talking about irresponsible coronavirus coverage

Why I am furious about this coverage by Peter Gibson

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

To paraphrase a certain Mr Brian Clough – “I am a Derbyshire man.” Which means from the novels of DH Lawrence to the peaks, the well dressings and even the water in Buxton, I love the East Midlands region, its traditions and its legacies. That proud past includes the story of Eyam, the small village that secluded itself from the …

WHO poster explaining the cause of COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19: will secondary infections become the primary cause of death?

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Secondary bacterial infections are often the primary cause of COVID-19 deaths. Research shows that opportunistic bacterial infections caused nearly half of the deaths of people with COVID-19 and a bacterial infection in Wuhan. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in developing new antibiotics. We have seen this before: in the 2009  H1N1 influenza pandemic (swine flu); up to …

Antibiotic Research UK's patient support officer Arlene Brailey

“Can I help you?” Our Patient Support Officer is ready to help!

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Our Patient Support Officer, Arlene Brailey, the country’s first Support Officer, supporting people with antibiotic resistant bacterial infections writes; As Patient Support Officer, I have heard from so many patients who worry about where to get reliable information. They want to know what websites and sources of information to trust. I am here to help them – and you – …

Nina Morgan - longtime sufferer of resistant bacterial infections

Her text to the Patient Support Officer said “Coronavirus is very scary….who knows what’s next?”

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

As the Patient Support Officer for Antibiotic Research UK, I hear from lots of people. I am used to receiving calls, emails and texts from patients and individuals who are affected in some way by recurring or antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. They usually have requests for information about a particular bacterial infection they (or a loved one) has. Sometimes they …

NHS staff at Wythenshawe hospital

A view from the front-line

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Learn more, Uncategorised

Many of our charity team lead a double-life, and my multi-faceted one (which also includes being an actor) is as a campaigner for the NHS and other health charities. That means I spend time a few hours each month on the stroke ward at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, reading and chatting to patients for that lovely good cause, Interact. Sometimes, …

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Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Stronger restrictions by the UK Government are being ignored. This risks the lives of thousands across the country – and particularly in London. The fourth of a series of opinion pieces by Professor Colin Garner DSc on commuting during coronavirus in the UK. On the 23 March 2020 the UK Government announced that the police now have powers to enforce …

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Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

I will be writing a regular blog about the pandemic which will give my personal views. These are not the official view of our charity. Antibiotic Research UK is focussed on drug-resistant bacterial infections. Sadly, these can be a consequence of viral infections such as coronavirus (COVID-19). I have given some of the background in a previous blog post. Government …

Baby with chicken pox


Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Learn more

Notice the difference? Can you spot who in the COVID-19 group is infected and who is not? You can’t – and that’s the problem. Coronavirus testing You can only find out who has and who has had a COVID-19 infection by testing their blood either for the virus or for antibodies against the virus. The UK is, according to government …

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Antibiotic Research UK, coronavirus (COVID-19), bacterial infection and antibiotic resistance

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19, Research

We are just at the beginning of what might become one of the world’s biggest viral pandemic ever seen. Every day that goes by we are hearing more and more about the impact of this flu pandemic. Why is it happening? Will it go away? How many people will die? Will I get infected? How can I protect myself and …

Half-Marathon “won’t go ahead”

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

The organisers of the London Landmarks Half-Marathon have decided to postpone their popular event, scheduled for Sunday March 29. As their website suggests, this was a particularly difficult decision and will have implications for all the charities who would have gained income from sponsorship https://www.llhm.co.uk/news/2020/mar/14/covid-19-update-14-march-2020 And they include Antibiotic Research UK. The race around some of the capital’s most prestigious …

National Railway Museum Event postponed

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements

It is with great sadness that the Antibiotic Research UK Voluntary Group York have taken the decision to postpone the National Railway Museum Dinner on Friday April 24, due to the coronavirus outbreak Professor Colin Garner, Chief Executive of Antibiotic Research UK said: “It is so disappointing to have to postpone this event especially given all the hard work put …

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Seeking a New Trustee Chair

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Get involved

Following the retirement of our previous Chair, Ashley Burgess OBE, Antibiotic Research UK has a charity trustee vacancy. We are now seeking a new Chair to help move our organisation forward to its next phase of growth. Antibiotic Research UK is the world’s first charity dedicated to tackling bacterial antibiotic resistance. Unless we act now, resistance could reach epidemic proportions. …

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We are looking for a part time Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraiser – Applications now closed

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements

Antibiotic Research UK currently have a fundraising job vacancy in Yorkshire / North East of England (applictations now closed). About Antibiotic Research UK: Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, both nationally and globally. Bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, rendering many treatments useless. Already an estimated 12,000 people die each year in the UK as a result of antibiotic resistant infections …

Chinese New Year Calendar

Happy Chinese New Year! Fill your diary with exciting Antibiotic Research UK events

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Get involved

As we enter our sixth year no matter where you are in the UK, I am sure you will be interested in some of the exciting events that we are involved with in 2020. These exciting events will help us to fight the scourge of superbugs and raise more awareness of the dangers of antibiotic resistance. Below are some of …

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019

Alison Staples ANTRUK announcements

Seven days to Double your Donation to help us beat the superbugs! From midday Tuesday 3rd December to 12 noon Tuesday 10th December.       Help us to Beat the Superbugs! Click here to Double your Donation Each year an estimated 12,000 people die in the UK from antibiotic resistant infections. That’s someone every 45 minutes! We need to …

Antibiotic Research UK features on mumsnet for World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Great British Tea Party

We are excited to announce that Antibiotic Research UK is going to be featured on mumsnet as their campaign of the week for World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019. We are asking parents to help us tackle antibiotic resistance by following simple hygiene rules and not asking for antibiotics when they visit the doctor for colds, flu or other viral infections. …

Live in North Yorkshire? Tickets still available to learn more about superbugs? Come along to learn more at Helmsley Arts Centre on Sunday 17 November 2019

Colin Garner ANTRUK announcements, Great British Tea Party

Ever wondered why superbug infections are on the increase? Two weeks ago the Government published a REPORT saying antibiotic prescribing is down but antibiotic resistance was up. Since 2014, there had been a 20% INCREASE in resistant blood stream infections. In 2018 1.5 MILLION patients had a urinary tract infection which needed hospital treatment. There were nearly 70,000 resistant infections reported mainly …