Who is this service for?
For people with:
- Respiratory illness
- Cardiac illness
- Cluster headaches
- Palliation; where symptoms are treatable but not curable.
What we do
Home oxygen treatment involves breathing in air that contains more oxygen than normal from a cylinder or machine in your home.
Oxygen treatment may be prescribed for people with a heart or lung condition that causes low oxygen levels in their blood. Low oxygen levels can damage the heart or brain.
Therefore, the main aim of oxygen treatment is to increase the amount of oxygen in your lungs and bloodstream to a level that prevents such harm.
How home oxygen treatment can help
If you have a health condition that causes low levels of oxygen in your blood (hypoxia), you may feel breathless and tired, particularly after walking or coughing.
Breathing air with a higher concentration of oxygen than normal can increase the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes it easier to carry out activities that might otherwise be more difficult, and it helps reduce the symptoms mentioned above.
Oxygen treatment assessment
People who have oxygen treatment have different requirements. For example, you may only need oxygen treatment for short periods during the day when you’re walking about (ambulatory oxygen), or you may need it for longer periods during the day and night.
Our team of specialist respiratory nurses and physiotherapists will discuss this with you and explain how everything works. We will assess your needs and provide you with ongoing support.
How do I access this service?
Speak to your GP or practice nurse about a referral.
Cancelled / missed appointments
If you cannot make your appointment, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to reschedule your appointment – please email us. You may be discharged if you miss any appointments without letting us know, or if you cancel appointments more than once. A discharge letter will be sent to your GP who can re-refer you if they feel this is appropriate.