Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy

Our Multidisciplinary service supported by clinical nurse specialists, consultants in infection and microbiology, infection registrar and pharmacist.

Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy is a service that administers intravenous (IV) antibiotics in an outpatient or community setting, as an alternative to hospital-based care.

Many infections require IV antibiotic therapy rather than oral antibiotics, for example severe cellulitis, resistant urinary tract infections or deep-seated infections such as endocarditis, bone and joint infections or deep abscesses. However, patients may otherwise be well. OPAT enables such patients to be discharged early from hospital. In some cases it is possible to avoid hospital admission altogether.

The Sheffield OPAT service is run by a team of specialist nurses and doctors from the Infectious Diseases Unit. It operates seven days a week and treats a wide variety of patients in the outpatient clinic or their own homes. Patients can be referred from other departments within the Trust or directly by GPs.

Referral contact address

Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine,
Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Clinic days, times, locations

Daily from 8am-6pm on Ward I2 at RHH

For more information about this service contact:

Professor Steve Green
Sister Dawn Andrews
Sister Kathryn Eaves
0114 2712605
Fax: 0114 226 1144

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