A dedicated community care service is supporting people in Northamptonshire to safely access intravenous treatments in their own homes – and help them avoid having to visit or be admitted to hospital.

The Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Service is run by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s Intermediate Care Team, in liaison with colleagues at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals. It provides a 365-day intravenous antibiotic service in the patient’s own home environment.

The service is provided by nurses who visit the home of the patient and administer the prescribed treatment, care for the patient’s intravenous line and manage things like blood test monitoring and equipment.

This service is for patients who are medically stable but require intravenous treatment because other methods of treatment have not been, or are unlikely to be, successful. The service is tailored to the patients prescription and individual needs and can provide anything from once daily to four times daily visits for antibiotic administration.

Dr Basel Alouanti, consultant microbiologist at NGH and clinical lead for the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Service, said: “Patients find the service beneficial as they can have their treatment in their own home and this gives a personalised approach to the care they need. The service also aims to reduce bed days in hospital settings and avoid unnecessary admission to hospital beds.

“Currently we are working to increase the flow of patients accepted through the service and we are looking forward to developing and increasing access to the service. This would include new pathways for additional drugs and working collaboratively to reduce admissions and utilise the service to provide care to as many patients as possible.”

The benefits the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Service can bring to the patients who use it was summarised in the following positive feedback from one service user.

“My daughter lives in Watford and works in London. It would take 2 hours to get to me. Then she would have to leave her family, risk her job. With this exceptional service she knows I am well cared for by these wonderful nurses. I can’t thank you all enough and as I have no worries about my daughter leaving her family and job I am able to get well sooner. Thank you one and all.”