Camden COPD and Home Oxygen Service: HOS-AR

Camden
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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.

Air Liquide

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)
e: allhomecare.hcpsupport@nhs.net

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.


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

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: GPs

EMIS form

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

e: camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Referral methods: Email

Please complete referral form (attaching any relevant discharge, outpatient reports or recent spirometry).

e: camdenreferrals.cnwl@nhs.net


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