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Ketamine treatment service

Find out about our paid-for ketamine treatment service for depression

Our service

Ketamine is a new treatment for depression which has not responded to other treatments.
Its brief rapid antidepressant effect has been shown in several clinical trials over the last 15 years.
We provide a paid-for service for patients who have been referred by their GP or psychiatrist.

Overview

What is the service?

We provide a paid-for service for patients who have been referred by their GP or psychiatrist.

Before treatment, patients are assessed by a psychiatrist to confirm their suitability.

Initial treatment consists of three ketamine infusions over three weeks.

You can find out more about the cost of treatment in the prices section.

Where is the service provided?

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s ketamine service is based at Warneford Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7JX.

Is it available on the NHS?

No. The service described here is a ‘paid-for’ or ‘private’ service.  All potential patients must establish their own funding arrangements.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a new treatment for depression which has not responded to other treatments.

Its brief rapid antidepressant effect has been shown in several clinical trials over the last 15 years.

Is it a licensed treatment?

Ketamine is not a licensed treatment for depression. It is used in depression as ‘off-label’ treatment. It is licensed as an anaesthetic and for analgesia.

All of the income from the paid-for service described on this site is used to fund NHS care within Warneford Hospital and other NHS sites across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bath and North East Somerset where Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust operates.

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How does Ketamine work?

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Referrals

Your psychiatrist or GP should send a send a referral letter, preferably by email to:

KetamineClinic@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

or by post to:

Referrals
Ketamine Clinic
Warneford Hospital
Headington
Oxford
OX3 7JX

Version: Web 15 November 2018

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