Home oxygen service makes a difference

Lorraine Robinson taking part in a timed walking test as part of her care from the Northern Trusts Home Oxygen Service, Assessment and Review (HOS-AR), pictured with Tanya Burnside, Respiratory Nurse and Katherine Smyth, Respiratory Support Assistant
Lorraine Robinson taking part in a timed walking test as part of her care from the Northern Trusts Home Oxygen Service, Assessment and Review (HOS-AR), pictured with Tanya Burnside, Respiratory Nurse and Katherine Smyth, Respiratory Support Assistant

The Northern Trust’s Home Oxygen Service, Assessment and Review, also known as HOS-AR, has made a significant difference to the lives of those people who require oxygen in the Northern Trust area.

It assesses and reviews all patients who are prescribed oxygen enabling them to manage respiratory conditions better and remain in their own home.

Caroline Speedy, Respiratory Service Improvement Manager in the Northern Trust, said: “The Integrated Respiratory Specialist Team always strives to improve services and patient care for those with respiratory disease. HOS-AR has allowed us to make a positive impact on the patients with oxygen therapy and ensure they receive the support they require.”

Lorraine Robinson who has received care from HOS-AR and had oxygen for two years said: “Oxygen has made a great difference to me.

“Before I got ambulatory oxygen I did not want to go out because I had no puff.

“Now I have an oxygen tank and a conserver and I am able to get out and about more and do a little house work, which my husband had to do before. My quality of life is much better.”

Dr Brian Patterson said: “The Home Oxygen Service is an excellent example of how joined up, co-ordinated care can help patients with long-term respiratory conditions receive a much better service.

“By having service users and carers working alongside health and social care providers, as well as voluntary and community groups, we can better plan and deliver services to meet their needs.”