The Home Oxygen Service
What does our service do?
The Home Oxygen Service provides an assessment service for adults who have or may need oxygen therapy at home. The service helps to ensure that individuals have appropriate oxygen for their needs.
We deliver the service in partnership with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
Patients are generally prescribed home oxygen because their blood oxygen level is low. This can potentially damage their health. The main purpose of home oxygen treatment is to raise the blood oxygen to a level that prevents such harm. It also helps relieve breathlessness and other symptoms of low blood oxygen, such as ankle swelling and blue lips. Currently there are approximately 1,200 adults who have oxygen therapy at home in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
How does our service work?
Individuals who do not have oxygen will have an initial assessment. If this shows that they have low oxygen levels they will then have a second assessment in 3-4 weeks and oxygen may be prescribed after this assessment. Once an individual is on oxygen we will assess how frequently they need to be reviewed. This will usually be at least once a year.
We see patients in community hospitals, at Glenfield Hospital and in their own homes if they are housebound.
How can you access our service?
To access our service you can:
- Speak to your GP
- Speak to any other healthcare professional involved in your care.
By telephone on 0116 2502882
Or at our address at:
Oxygen Service, C/O Respiratory Physiology department, Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QP
How did we do?
If you have any comments or queries about our service then please complete our online questionnaire and let us know how we are doing.