Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)

The OPAT service can provide IV antimicrobial therapy on an out-patient basis or at home for patients who require short or long-term IV therapy and who are otherwise suitable for home treatment. Patients may be considered from throughout NHS Lothian and the service runs 7 days a week from the Infectious Disease Unit at WGH.

Infections commonly managed via OPAT are shown below but any infections may be discussed and considered.

Skin and soft tissue infection

cellulitis / wound infections / bursitis / infected bites / facial erysipelas.

May be referred from:
emergency department, combined assessment, acute receiving units or ward.

Please see referral guidelines for instruction on referral of skin and soft tissue infection to OPAT.

Other complex infections

Usually inpatients and referred in conjunction with microbiology advice. Require up to date U&Es, LFTs, FBC, CRP, microbiology results for all referrals:

  • Osteomyelitis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Diabetic foot infections
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Meningitis
  • Other infections can be discussed as required

The specialist team will assess patient suitability for OPAT and will agree a treatment regimen.

Please print and complete the OPAT Referral Form and follow details to make a referral to OPAT.

Please note all patients should be discussed with a member of the OPAT team.

Contact details:
OPAT Consultant: Dr Claire Mackintosh pager 07699 646 428
OPAT Clinic: 0131 537 2844 (x32844)
OPAT Specialist nurse: pager 07699 646 422

Patient Information Leaflet

Please print out the Information for Patients leaflet and give to the patient before leaving.

Last Reviewed: 16/10/2012