Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy

How to get an appointment

You can be referred by the team looking after you in hospital or as an outpatient.

A nurse and doctor will meet with you to decide if you're suitable for outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy. They'll explain what happens during the therapy so you can decide if you would like to receive it.

Changing or cancelling your appointment

Phone: 020 7188 8641

Before your appointment

Please contact us before your weekly clinic appointment if you need more supplies for receiving the antibiotic at home. You don't need to let us know if you need more antibiotics.

Please bring:

  • a list of medicines you take
  • a dose of IV antibiotics, if we ask for it

During your appointment

You'll need to come to our clinic once a week while you're receiving the antibiotic. This is usually on a Wednesday between 9am and 12:30pm. If you're coming to hospital on another day for a different appointment we'll try to see you then instead.

At the clinic appointment your IV line will be checked and the dressings changed.

We'll take blood samples to make sure that the treatment is working and the IV line is being maintained.

We'll also give you a dose of antibiotic if you can't receive it at home that day.

We'll give you the antibiotics that you need to take home for the week. 

After your appointment

After your course of IV antibiotics finishes, you may need to start taking antibiotics by mouth. We'll let you know if you need to do this.

Last updated: November 2023

Contact us

For more information, please contact us.

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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