COVID Oximetry @home service
We are working together with GP practices and community teams across the Wakefield district to provide the COVID Oximetry @home service, which is run by Local Care Direct (LCD), to those who are most at risk of becoming very unwell from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The service is commissioned until the end of August and patients who are eligible for this service are registered with a GP practice in the Wakefield area and have a diagnosis of COVID-19, are over the age of 50, have underlying health problems such as diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease, people with learning disabilities or those who are shielding. It is also available to those at increased risk based on the GP’s clinical judgement.
The NHS has bought a supply of pulse oximeters which are a small device which helps you to monitor how fast your heart is beating and the level of oxygen in your blood. It fits on to your finger.
Blood oxygen level is the most accurate way of keeping an eye on your progress with COVID-19 and if your symptoms are getting worse.
LCD will contact some people who have a positive test directly. If you receive a call please accept the offer of being loaned an oximeter and their offer of support. You will also be provided with a patient pack which will be delivered to your address. This includes:
- a pulse oximeter
- information about how to use it as well as a paper patient diary or a suitable app/other method for recording oxygen levels
- contact details /information on how to report oximetry reading/symptoms
- clear instructions including when to get medical help both in and out-of-hours.
Please make sure your contact details are up to date for you to receive the equipment that you need. You will be offered regular prompts and check-ins from the service to make sure you are confident using the medical device, taking readings and you, your carer, family member or another appropriate contact know what to do if your oxygen levels fall below normal.
You can watch a video produced by the NHS on how to use a pulse oximeter and how to track results. The following information is also available below:
If, after 14 days from the start of COVID-19 symptoms you show no signs of becoming more ill, you will be safely discharged from the service. LCD will arrange to collect the oximeter and provide information on how to continue supporting yourself at home.
To find out more details about how to access this service, please contact your GP practice.