A doctor from Long Melford has told patients that antibiotics are not a miracle cure and not to expect GPs to prescribe them as a matter of course.
Dr Christopher Browning, who is also a member of the governing body of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There is a common misconception that new antibiotics are being developed all the time to deal with the increasingly resistant bacteria that cause illness.
“In fact, this process is very limited, and the more antibiotics we use, the more resistant bacteria will become.
“I would urge people not to expect their GP to prescribe antibiotics and to make use of their local pharmacist who will happily offer expert advice on the best course of treatment.”
The NHS has advised that antibiotics will not be given in the first instance for coughs and colds.