Covid-19 oximetry at home: Proactive searches and EMIS clinical template

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EMIS clinical template

The new "NCL Covid-19 Oximetry At Home" EMIS clinical template has been approved for rollout to NCL practices. Please note: This article was updated on 9 December 2021 to add an updated version of the document  Covid Oximetry at Home v1.6. 

This template is currently being rolled out and should be used whenever you are starting a patient on the Covid-19 oximetry at home pathway, or when a patient is stepped down to you from secondary care via the primary care NCL Covid-19 Support Service. It will capture all of the information and codes needed to support you and your colleagues to manage and monitor patients on the pathway. Using this template will also eliminate the need for manual requests for data about Covid-19 oximetry and support the work towards enabling patients to be flagged to NHS 111 if they should need to call for help out of hours.

Proactive oximetry at home searches

Searches are also now available to help to proactively identify patients who might benefit from being started on the oximetry at home pathway. These searches will identify patient with Covid-19 symptoms within your practice list in the following categories:

Patients who meet the national eligibility criteria for oximetry at home (people with Covid-19 symptoms who are clinically extremely vulnerable and on the shielded patients list. These patients should be contacted by the practice and started on the pathway.

Patients who do not meet the national criteria who should get a text stating:

“We are aware that you have tested positive for Covid-19, if you need any support during your infection please contact the surgery. Please follow the link for advice about keeping safe while isolating at home.

Further information on how to work with these patient groups is available in the process map.

Camden and Enfield practices

Camden practices which have not yet activated their 'Resource Publisher sharing agreement'`with NCL CCG will need to download it from the  "Overview of IT Tools" page of the NCL CCG GP Website (see 'Tools for Other Services' section)..

For Enfield practices, the Enfield GP Federation will sending out the clinical template to upload onto their EMIS system and supporting practices.

Further information

Further information and resources on the Covid-19 oximetry at home pathway is available.

For more information on the template please contact your local GP IT support or GP Federation as appropriate.

Expiry date: Dec 31st, 2099