Home Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen makes up 21% of the air around us. When we breathe we take in oxygen to produce energy. Correct levels of oxygen reduce tiredness and the workload on the heart.

Why does a patient need home oxygen therapy?

Home oxygen therapy is usually prescribed for patients who have respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic asthma. Home oxygen therapy may also be prescribed for patients who suffer from sleep disordered breathing as well as some cardiac and neurological disorders (cluster headache) and has a role within palliative care.

Home oxygen therapy is not normally prescribed to relieve the symptoms of breathlessness and would usually only be prescribed for patients who are hypoxic. To screen for hypoxia the patient should have pulse oximetry performed- readings below 92% saturation indicate hypoxia.

Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) refers to the provision of home oxygen therapy for continuous use at home for patients with chronic hypoxaemia (PaO2 at or below 7.3 kPa, (55mHg)). LTOT can be prescribed in chronic hypoxaemia patients when the clinically stable PaO2 is between 7.3 kPa and 8 kPa, together with the presence of secondary polycythaemia or clinical / echocardiographic evidence of pulmonary hypertension.

Home oxygen therapy must be delivered at a sufficient level to raise the waking oxygen tension above 8 kPa, (60 mmHg). LTOT is usually given for at least 15 hours daily, to include night time. Once started LTOT is normally a lifelong therapy.

Remember, being dependent on oxygen does not mean life stops for a patient. Today’s oxygen equipment means a patient can get out and about more easily. Oxygen can also be arranged when a patient wants to > go on holiday.


Initial Home Oxygen Risk Mitigation Form (IHORM) v1.3


Home Oxygen Order Form (HOOF) Part A v.1


Medical oxygen Patient Information Leaflet (PIL)


Our HOOF Part A Guide


Our research paper on group singing therapy for patients with COPD. With insights from Professor Sally Singh PhD

    Re-Ordering Oxygen Cylinders, Liquid Oxygen or Consumables

    To request replacement oxygen cylinders, nasal prongs, mask or consumables, please complete the form below. Please note that orders received after 6.30pm will be processed the next day:

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    If you are requesting a cylinder delivery you can chose a day for your delivery.

    Monday-Friday for North West patients or seven days a week in other areas.

    Please let us know your requirements:

    Large Static Cylinder

    Large static cylinder
    Used in the home, often for babies and children, Cluster Headache diagnosis or emergency oxygen

    Portable Cylinder

    Portable cylinder
    Used to move around inside/outside of the home

    Small Portable Cylinder

    Small portable cylinder
    Only available after a professional medical assessment

    Liquid Oxygen Tank

    Liquid oxygen tank

    Adult Cannula (Curved)
    Adult Cannula (Straight)
    Adult Mask
    Ear Protectors
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    Paediatric Mask
    Filter for Oxygen Machine
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