Home Oxygen Service

The Adult Oxygen Assessment Service offers oxygen assessment and follow up care to patients across Lincolnshire with a confirmed diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or severe chronic asthma who require home oxygen therapy

Elements of the Service

  • The respiratory assessment includes capillary blood gas analysis to accurately determine patient's oxygen requirements (this involves taking a small sample from an ear lobe).
  • Initiation, maintenance and withdrawal of home oxygen therapy.
  • Education, advice and support for community colleagues who may have patients in receipt of oxygen therapy on their caseloads.
  • The service can also access support from other specialist respiratory services such as Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Psychological Medicine, Specialist Case Management, Complex Case Management and Palliative Care.

Appointments at community clinics are offered to patients who are able to attend.  Housebound patients can be seen at home.

The service is not an emergency response service for patients who require oxygen therapy for acute episodes of illness.

Service Operating Times

 Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 9am to 5pm north west area, 9am to 3pm in all other areas.

Waiting Times for the Service

Waiting times vary between four and eight weeks.

Who Can Make a Referral?

Referrals are accepted from GP Practices, Community Nursing & Allied Healthcare Teams and Secondary Care by fully completing the Adult Oxygen Assessment Service referral form and faxing it to your locality office (fax number can be found on the bottom of the referral form).  Please remember to attach a hard copy of the patient's spirometry and a print out of current medications. 

Patient Support Groups

Breathe Easy Groups - Please contact your local clinician for information.