We are running 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 is accepting self-referrals. If you are over 50 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.