2 years on The National OPAT Programme continues to free up acute beds

Background:

The National OPAT Service (since Jan 2013) allows patients in hospitals on IV antibiotics to be treated at home. TCP Homecare, 2 years on, continue to provide the nurse visits, drug dispensing, cold chain delivery, waste management and patient care reports needed for the service to be a success.

Success to date:

From January 2013 – Dec 2014 TCP have processed >3950 referrals for patients requiring IV antibiotics, allowing these patients to spend an estimated 51100 less days in hospital by managing their treatment for them at home. The OPAT service is freeing up, for other patients more acutely ill, an average of 2740 Acute Hospital Bed Days per month (based July-Dec 14) across the country.

Advantages of OPAT:

Patients can expect to achieve the same clinical outcome when treated at home. It will reduce the stress of staying in hospital, and is more convenient for family and friends to visit. The OPAT service lowers a persons chance of picking up an infection while in hospital and allows them return earlier to work or their normal routine. The service is free for patients and helps the hospital free up a bed for patients who are waiting to be admitted.

Patient Satisfaction (based on 252 returned pt surveys):

98% of patients said they would be happy to use the OPAT service again (n=245)

93% said the overall quality of care received was excellent (n=228)

93% either agree or strongly agree that the OPAT service is preferable to being treated in hospital (n=245)

What Patients Say:

  • Outstanding service from every department, from reception, pharmacy, drivers, and in particular your visiting Nurses”
  • This was a blessing to us. Nurses lovely. My Mother gets distressed in Hospital and does not tend to get better. Being at home helps her get better quicker therefore this service is invaluable to us”
  • Thank you! I was losing my mind after weeks in hospital – this saved me!”

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