Ketamine is a new treatment for depression which has not responded to other treatments. Ketamine has a brief rapid antidepressant effect demonstrated 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. 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 relevant section.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s ketamine service is based at Warneford Hospital, Oxford.
Assessment for treatment
Before treatment you will be assessed in an outpatient appointment on a Friday afternoon to confirm your suitability for treatment. You will be assessed by Dr Rupert McShane MD FRCPsych, a consultant psychiatrist who works at Oxford Health NHS FT and undertakes clinical research at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry. Initial treatment consists of three ketamine infusions over three weeks delivered on a Monday.
What happens before an assessment appointment?
Once we receive a referral we will check to see that we have the information from your GP that we require. If not, we will contact you or your GP for further information.
We like patients to start monitoring their mood using the True Colours service before they come to the clinic. We will email you to set this up.
We will also send you a form to complete. It is essential that you complete this and bring it with you to your appointment.
What happens at the assessment appointment?
At the appointment, which will be held at Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JX, we will:
What happens after the assessment appointment?
If there are no problems identified on physical examination or blood tests we will schedule three infusions of ketamine.
This is sufficient to ascertain whether you are a “responder”. If you have not responded to the first two infusions and the dissociative effects are acceptable then we may increase the dose for the third infusion.
What treatment involves
What happens at the end of treatment?
After the initial three treatments a telephone follow-up appointment will be arranged for you to discuss further treatment options.
Precautions after treatment
Once the course of three infusions have been completed, your ongoing care will return to your GP / Psychiatrist.
We will provide them with a summary of your treatment and suggestions for your ongoing care.
The ketamine service is not yet available for NHS funding. Oxford Health NHS FT has been providing the treatment as part of its clinical innovation strategy and now offers the commercial service on the following basis.
These prices include the cost of all professional staff including doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants and the costs of all drugs, dressings and other items used in the delivery of the treatment.
Initial assessment appointment with consultant psychiatrist
Initial treatment of three infusions, per infusion
£215 per infusion
£645 for three infusions
£195 per infusion
All of the income from this service 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.
You can read more about this service in our leaflet.
Last updated: 16 August, 2017