Your first appointment
Children are referred to us by hospital staff and a p-OPAT clinical nurse specialist (CNS) will arrange your first appointment.
At this appointment your options for at home treatment will be explained by the CNS. Usually, a community nurse will come to your home once a day to give your child their medicine, but sometimes, we can teach you to give medicine to your child. We can also arrange for your child to go to a local hospital to be given their medicine.
We will make sure your child is well enough to go home and we'll show you how to look after the plastic tube (IV line) through which your child’s antibiotics will be given.
Follow up appointments
Whilst your child is being treated by our team, you must attend a weekly clinic at Evelina London Children's Hospital.
At your weekly clinic appointment you will be seen by a consultant and a CNS who will check your child's IV line. If needed, they'll also change your child's dressing and give a dose of antibiotics.
Once your child stops needing IV antibiotics they may need to see a consultant at a follow-up appointment. If your child needs one of these appointments, this will be arranged for you.
Changing or cancelling your appointment
To change or cancel your appointment contact one of our nurses. Call 020 7188 7188 and choose the option for the bleep desk. Once connected, dial bleep number 3053 and wait for the response.
If you have any questions, contact the CNS using the number provided above. This number is manned Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.