Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT)

Some infections need treatment with long courses of intravenous antibiotics or complex oral antimicrobial therapy. OPAT can help patients to get the treatment they need without having to stay in hospital. For suitable patients it can prevent admission to hospital or support early discharge. It can be provided in different setting for example in an outpatient clinic or in a person's own home.

The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing OPAT Group are working to support the safe and effective delivery of OPAT across Scotland.

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) OPAT guidance


Scottish Health Technology Group (SHTG) Recommendation

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) Good Practice Recommendations

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) 2022-2025 Strategy

Scottish Government "Delivering the right care in the right setting"

Media articles

Interview with Dr Andrew Seaton for the The Herald newspaper.  Read the full article here

Interview with a patient about their experience in receiving OPAT by Scottish Television.  See full interview here 


                                    Content updated : 02 May 2024