Caring for patients with COVID-19

Caring for patients with COVID-19

To help us all live with COVID in future, we have put steps in place so that when you come to us you are in as COVID safe an environment as possible.

We run a pulse oximetry@home pathway for community patients, who have tested positive for COVID and are experiencing COVID symptoms for the first 14 days following the positive test/onset of symptoms.

COVID Oximetry@home involves monitoring the condition of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID from their home.

Patients use a small monitor clipped to their finger, called a pulse oximeter, to measure their oxygen saturation levels three times a day.

The aim is to identify deteriorating patients more quickly, and ensure the patients that go to hospital are the ones who really need to.

Our service is for

People diagnosed with COVID-19 either clinically or have had a positive test result, and are symptomatic and either:

  • Aged 50 years or older OR
  • Under 50 years and clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID. The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable to COVID list should be used as the primary guide.

Patients remain under the service for two weeks, and being on the pathway allows our team in the community to support them with any additional requirements through close partnership working with the Humanitarian Hub, CCG, NWAS and voluntary services across Bolton.

The service accepts self-referrals. If you are 50 or older and have tested positive for COVID in Bolton, please contact the team on 01204 331155.

You will be contacted to discuss your circumstances and provided with an oximeter if appropriate for you.

Some people who catch COVID-19 will become seriously unwell and need treatment in hospital.

Our doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants will do everything they can to look after you/your loved one and help you/them to recover.

This leaflet provides information about COVID treatments in hospital.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit the dedicated NHS Coronavirus page.

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