What is the process of OPAT?
Before starting on OPAT, you will first be assessed by an OPAT doctor for suitability to receive OPAT therapy. If you are suitable, our OPAT team will provide further counselling on the costs, duration and follow-up visits during treatment.
A Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC), a special plastic tubing for delivering antibiotics into your veins, may be inserted into a vein in your arm prior to the start of OPAT. This will be removed at the completion of OPAT therapy.
Once OPAT therapy begins, you will be scheduled to return to the clinic several times a week for regular reviews, depending on the regime of antibiotics prescribed.