Opioid Treatment Program
The Opioid Treatment Program provides medical and nursing assessments, treatment and case management to people who are dependent on opiates. The opioid treatment program is provided from three specialist outpatient clinics at Nepean Hospital, Blue Mountains Hospital and Lithgow Community Health Centre.
The three clinics cater to patients who are new to treatment or to those who have very complicated needs. Medication is given from the clinic daily (seven days a week) and no takeaway doses are given. The Clinics are supported by nursing, medical and psychology staff.
People who are in need of treatment may contact the clinics directly or the Drug and Alcohol Central Intake line and make an appointment to speak to one of the nurses about treatment options. People who are eligible to join the opioid treatment program will be given an appointment with one of the specialist clinic doctors. Patients will be required to bring their Medicare card and a referral from their GP when attending the medical appointment.
All patients in the opioid treatment program will be assigned a case manager. Case managers will work with the patient and their doctor to plan treatment, set treatment goals, organise referrals to other services and coordinate care. Patients will also have access to other services such as the drugs in pregnancy service, psychological support, Hepatitis C clinics, child and family health clinics and group programs.
When patients have stabilised on their medication and are ready to transfer their care to a community chemist they can receive continued support from drug and alcohol staff based in our community health centres.
Gateway Clinic – Nepean Hospital
Woodlands Clinic – Blue Mountains Hospital
Lithgow Clinic – Lithgow Community Health Centre
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:42:09 AM