Out Patient Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)

The Infectious Disease service is responsible for the supervision of outpatient antimicrobial therapy (OPAT). Selected patients, who need antibiotic therapy through a drip, can receive their care in the comfort of their own home reducing the length of their hospital stay while maintaining optimal care. Before going home from hospital on OPAT, patients will meet one of the Infectious Diseases doctors and clinical nurse specialists who will ensure that this is best treatment for them and that they are comfortable with the plan.

Once at home, patients undergoing OPAT are reviewed in the ID clinic on a weekly basis for monitoring.

--We are currently CLOSED for STI Walk-ins. Please note that if your GP has referred you to the GUIDe clinic you will be contacted with an appointment.  We kindly ask that you do not attend without an appointment. We are seeing a limited number of STI emergencies that have been given an advance appointment after referral. Patients who have HIV appointments for collection of their medication should attend at their appointment time. The number of patients that are allowed into the department is limited so we will be strictly observing appointment times. GUIDE PrEP patients with upcoming clinic appointments will be contacted by phone and offered a phone consultation. Patients will then be given a new “rapid” appointment slot, to attend for bloods/STI screen/vaccine and to collect prescription. Face to face consults are arranged as required. For more information related to Coronavirus and visiting restrictions please visit www.stjames.ie/NewsBanner/Coronavirus/    --