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Home Oxygen

Patients are assessed and then provided with ongoing support and monitoring.

Home Oxygen

About the service

Home oxygen treatment involves breathing in air that contains more oxygen than normal from a cylinder or machine in your home. 

Oxygen treatment may be prescribed for people with a heart or lung condition that causes low oxygen levels in their blood. Low oxygen levels can damage the heart or brain.

Therefore, the main aim of oxygen treatment is to increase the amount of oxygen in your lungs and bloodstream to a level that prevents such harm.

How home oxygen treatment can help

If you have a health condition that causes low levels of oxygen in your blood (hypoxia), you may feel breathless and tired, particularly after walking or coughing. 


Breathing air with a higher concentration of oxygen than normal can increase the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes it easier to carry out activities that might otherwise be more difficult, and it helps reduce the symptoms mentioned above. 

Oxygen treatment assessment

People who have oxygen treatment have different requirements. For example, you may only need oxygen treatment for short periods during the day when you're walking about (ambulatory oxygen), or you may need it for longer periods during the day and night.

Our team of specialist respiratory nurses and physiotherapists will will discuss this with you and explain how everything works. We will assess your needs and provide you with ongoing support.

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Who is this service for?

For patients with:

  • Respiratory illness
  • Cardiac illness
  • Cluster headaches
  • Palliation; where symptoms are treatable but not curable. 

If you are a healthcare professional and need to refer a patient to our Home Oxygen Service, please complete the referral form.



Cancelled / missed appointments

If you cannot make your appointment, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to reschedule your appointment. Please email us at NSCP.Respiratory@nhs.net You may be discharged if you miss any appointments without letting us know, or if you cancel appointments more than once. A discharge letter will be sent to your GP who can re-refer you if they feel this is appropriate.

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Contact us

North Somerset Community Partnership Castlewood PO Box 237 Tickenham Road Clevedon North Somerset BS21 9AX

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Case studies

Mrs C, age 82, diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

We conducted an oxygen review at home for Mrs C, eight weeks after starting oxygen. She was confused about the oxygen, how she should use it and what the benefits and side effects were.

We had a discussion around the safety of oxygen, its usage and the benefits of using it as prescribed. She said she felt much happier and more confident using her oxygen.

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