Patient information leaflets

Antibiotic Information Leaflet

This leaflet is a useful tool for clinicians to use within consultations. Its use has been approved by PHE, RCGP, BSAC, NHS Scotland, RCN, IPS and BIA.

The leaflet explains to your patient

  1. Your diagnosis for example sinusitis, bronchitis and cold
  2. Your decision about antibiotics
  3. The natural timeframe for their illness
  4. Self help management
  5. When to seek help
  6. The need for safe antibiotic prescribing.

Download the PDF leaflets, posters and presentations

Thumbnail image of RCGP Patient Antibiotic leaflet Download the Patient Antibiotic information leaflet [PDF] Patient Antibiotic information leaflet [DOC]

We also have the patient information leaflet in other languages:

If you need more information about how to use of this leaflet and how to implement its use into clinical practice

When Should I Worry?

The When Should I Worry? booklet provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections such as coughs, colds, sore throats and ear aches in children.

Notes for clinicians: 

Developed by Cardiff University, it’s use has been evaluated in a randomised controlled trial and demonstrated a two-thirds reduction in antibiotic prescribing without impacting on parental satisfaction. BMJ paper describing the trial results.

Get well soon without antibiotics

This leaflet, produced by the Department of Health, explains the need to get the right treatment for common illnesses such as colds and coughs without encouraging antibiotic resistance. It is available in different languages.

This website,  has useful patient information leaflets about all minor illnesses and self management options.

Treat yourself better

The treat yourself better website,, has a symptom checker for cold and flu as well as the message that antibiotics do not work for these symptoms.

Medicines for Children

The Medicines for Children website, provides information for parents and carers about giving medicines to children, written and reviewed by doctors, pharmacists, parents and carers.

The website contains Medicines information leaflets and the option to read or watch short films about giving different medicines forms.

Medicines for Children is a partnership programme by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists (NPPG) and WellChild. Read about what they do.


e-bug,, is a free microbiology, hygiene and antibiotic educational resource for junior (9-11 years) and senior (12-15 years) school students across Europe. Designed by health professionals, with input from schools and young people, and endorsed by the Department of Education, the e-Bug resource comprises of a teacher pack containing detailed lesson plans and an accompanying fun interactive website for students.

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