Home Oxygen Service

Home oxygen should only be ordered by Healthcare Professionals trained in oxygen prescription(s) and use.

The current provider for Home Oxygen in West Essex is BOC.

Prior to oxygen being ordered from the oxygen supplier via the Home Oxygen Order Form (HOOF), the Initial Home Oxygen Risk Mitigation Form (IHORM) is to be completed in conjunction with the Home Oxygen Consent Form (HOCF). This is because, in order for BOC to provide the equipment and oxygen, information will need to be shared with other organisations in the NHS and any associated risks managed.

Please note: completion of all three forms is mandatory for oxygen prescribing for new patients.

Oxygen therapy can help patients with a range of health conditions that affect breathing or blood circulation, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea and heart failure.

Adults with respiratory conditions registered with a west Essex GP can be referred to the Community Respiratory Specialist team for management advice, optimisation of therapies, support and education. This service is provided by a non-medical consultant in respiratory care, specialist nurses and support staff working closely with integrated community teams. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme provides education and self-management for patients with chronic respiratory disease.

Please find a repository of home oxygen resources for healthcare professions including:

Initial Home Oxygen Risk Mitigation Form (IHORM) and Home Oxygen Consent Form (HOCF) (for new patients only)

Home Oxygen Order Form (HOOF) Part A

Electronic Home Oxygen Order Form (eHOOF)

document Good HOOF guide for Primary Care and out of hours teams (2.28 MB)

Pulmonary Rehabilitation video

document Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service Referral Form (57 KB)

If you have difficulty accessing these forms, have any queries about them or require any advice and guidance, please contact us.

Other useful information

Cluster Headaches

Smoking Cessation

Contact information for the Community Falls Prevention Team

Contact information for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Fire Safety in the Home

Home Safety Leaflet

Breathe Easy Harlow & Epping Forest support group

Breathe Easy Saffron Walden support group

Slips, Trips and Falls

Awareness and Safety Training

Withdrawal of Oxygen Therapy

If at review patients are found to no longer meet the criteria for home oxygen, this should be explained, the oxygen provision discontinued (order to gas company required) and other prescribed treatments reviewed. Where the patient continues to meet the criteria but is not using the oxygen as prescribed, he or she should be counselled on the merits of the therapy and encouraged to increase usage to the recommended level. In some circumstances it may be appropriate to withhold or withdraw oxygen because of public safety and risk to others.