Antibiotics: Water

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 4 July 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Green

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to research and promote increased water consumption by care home patients to reduce (1) prophylactic antibiotic use, and (2) downstream effects on drug-resistant infections.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England is funding a series of hydration pilots, to test out which hydration related interventions are most likely to increase fluid intake and whether this in turn reduces the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the older adult population living in care homes. These pilots are intended to reduce the incidence of urinary tract and blood stream infections, antibiotic prescribing and use, and antimicrobial resistance.

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