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OST Prescribing Pathway - Transfer to another OST Programme

Contact the BOPAS OST with details about the proposed new location of the patient and request assistance with the transfer.


Waiting times for transfer to other OST programmes vary considerably throughout the country.

Where a patient is stable the treatment service at the new location may agree to the transfer of the patient directly to a GP authorised by that service and the transfer may be achieved more quickly. Alternatively out of area prescribing may be arranged until such time as the local OST service is able to take them onto their programme. However; during this interim period the patient should return to be seen at least 3 monthly by their prescribing doctor. The Specialist OST service will not be able to authorise an out of area GP.

*See Section 7.1 Transferring between Specialist Services page 57 of New Zealand Practice Guidelines for Opioid Substitution Treatment 2014"

Last updated : Thursday, January 09, 2020
Next review date : Friday, January 08,2021

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