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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-06128

NHS Grampian Antibiotic Service Cuts Number of Bed Days at ARI

Submitted by: Jackie Dunbar, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Graeme Dey, Annabelle Ewing, Pam Gosal, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance

That the Parliament welcomes the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) service, which, it understands, was launched by NHS Grampian to provide treatment to individuals who may require long-term intravenous antibiotic therapy where patients need a certain number of IV antibiotic doses each day for a period between one to eight weeks; understands that this service will allow patients to be treated without a lengthy stay in hospital, which, it believes, allows a better service for both patients involved as well as their families; further understands that clinical teams are encouraged to refer patients to the OPAT service, which will then decide whether they are suitable for this type of treatment; notes that those who undergo such treatment include patients with bone and joint infections, brain abscesses or skin infections; understands that the service will treat its 150th patient and to date this service has helped to save more than 5,500 bed days at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI); further understands that NHS Grampian was one of the first health boards in Scotland to offer an OPAT service, which was paused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the service now available seven days a week in Ward 301 at ARI, and commends all staff for their continued hard work to ensure that the service is available to patients who need it most.