Home oxygen therapy is used for the treatment of chronic hypoxaemia once any underlying disease management is optimised and all reversible causes have been identified and treated.
The multi-disciplinary Camden HOS-AR team consists of a combination of specialist respiratory physiotherapists and nurses with support from a respiratory consultant physician and access to specialist smoking cessation support.
The aims of the Camden HOS-AR team are to:
- identify people appropriate for initiation of oxygen therapy
- initiate oxygen therapy safely and in line with local and national guidance
- optimise benefit from oxygen therapy
- reduce harm from trips, falls, smoking, fire and oxygen toxicity
- maximise value from oxygen equipment use
- improve patient and carer experience of having and using home oxygen.
The Camden HOS-AR team reviews:
- all patients with a new home oxygen prescription within four weeks
- all patients with home oxygen therapy (at least) once a year.
The home oxygen supplier for Camden is Air Liquide. The Air Liquide team can be contacted via the following routes:
Healthcare Professional Support Team: 080 8202 2099 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm)
Patient line: 080 8143 9991 (24 hours; will take HCP calls out of hours)
It is essential to assess the safety of any form of home oxygen. Please fill out the Initial Home Oxygen Risk Mitigation/Consent Form (IHORM/HOCF) and Home Oxygen Order Form (HOOF) (see External Links) for home oxygen prior to specialist assessment.
Any person registered with a Camden GP who has been prescribed home oxygen for the management of:
- severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- interstitial lung disease (‘pulmonary fibrosis’), including following Covid-19 pneumonitis
- morbid obesity causing nocturnal hypoventilation/obstructive sleep apnoea
- other rarer chronic respiratory diseases
- cardiac (chronic heart failure)
- other causes of chronic hypoxaemia.
The following people who have been prescribed home oxygen will also be seen:
- neonates and children with chronic hypoxia under the care of paediatric or neonatal teams
- patients with chronic-worsening hypoxia with progressive diseases (including cancer), approaching end of life under the care of a palliative care team
- patients prescribed high-flow, short-burst oxygen therapy for cluster headaches (this is the only indication for oxygen to be prescribed without co-existing hypoxia).
How to refer
The following clinicians can refer to this service:
Referral methods: Email
Complete the EMIS form (attaching any relevant discharge, outpatient reports or recent spirometry) and send by email.
Where to find the form:
EMIS Forms page > Camden Community Health Referral Form - CNWL
Referral methods: Email
Please complete referral form (attaching any relevant discharge, outpatient reports or recent spirometry).