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For patients who have been assessed and have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and referred to the COVID Oximetry@home team to enable the team to monitor the patient's condition closely until they are well again.
Access to this service should be through shared decision making.
Some patients will not be for monitoring by this team:
CO@h is a service suitable for adult patients more likely to experience worsening or life-threatening silent hypoxia. The service provides additional support to those patients who are assessed as well enough to be managing their symptoms at home. Therefore, you should only refer patients who you feel meet these criteria. If you are referring from a secondary care setting, the patient must be medically fit for discharge.
You should refer patient to the CO@h team at if they are:
1. A diagnosed with COVID: either clinically, or via a positive test result
3. Aged 65 years or older
4. Under 65 years and deemed to be clinically vulnerable to COVID. The clinically vulnerable to COVID list can be used as a guide but clinical judgement should apply and take into account multiple additional COVID risk factors.
It is not recommended that systems extend the offer to a wider cohort than the above definition, given it seems unlikely to result in sufficient patient benefit. The national support offer, including pulse oximeter supply, is strictly limited to this defined cohort.
Once you have identified that the patient would benefit from accessing the CO@h service,
to help the CO@h team triage and admit them into the service quickly, please make sure
you have access to the following information:
*if you are not able to take baseline saturations (e.g. you are speaking with the patient remotely) you can indicate this on the referral form and the CO@h team will arrange for a volunteer to deliver an oximeter to the patient who will take their own baseline. However, if you have any concerns about the patient’s ability to do this, you should exercise your clinical judgement and arrange to see the patient to undertake this.
Once you have this information and please contact the CO@h team via this our online referral form – click here. The link can also be found below.
You can contact them with any queries by calling 01626 204950 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Referrals can be made by primary, community and secondary care clinicians, 111 CCAS and the ambulance service.
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Publication date: December 2020
Updated February 2021