HOSPITAL patients in Derbyshire who have suffered with the infection C.difficile are being given a card in the hope of preventing a relapse.
Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is providing the cards, which inform doctors that the patient has suffered a bout of the infection, to stop medical staff prescribing antibiotics, which could trigger the problem once again.
Dr Sheila Newport, chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said: "The majority of C. difficile cases occur in people who have had antibiotics. This may be in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or care home, but can also occur at home without ever going to hospital."
C.difficile is an infection which affects the digestive system, causing diarrhoea and stomach cramps. In rare cases, it can be life-threatening.
The card initiative is a joint-scheme by healthcare providers across the county.