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Covid Oximetry at Home

Patients in Berkshire West suffering with Covid-19, can now receive extra support in the form of remote monitoring of their pulse and oxygen levels - through the Covid Oximetry at Home Service.

Who is the Service For?

Patients with Covid-19 who don’t need immediate hospital attention but are at high risk of developing serious symptoms, will be given pulse oximeters to use at home to reduce the risk of them becoming seriously unwell. This means that any complications can be picked up earlier and treated quickly, giving a better chance of recovery from the virus.

How will my GP know to contact me?

Once a person tests positive for Covid-19, the test and trace service notifies their GP, which enables them to refer people into the service who are eligible - this includes:

  • people aged over 65
  • people under 65 who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people under 65 who are deemed to be at high risk due to either ethnicity, a high BMI or those with multiple medical problems.

What will I have to do?

If your GP feels it is necessary, you will be given a pulse oximeter to test your pulse and how much oxygen is in your blood. You will need to do this three times a day and your GP will record the results. 

You may be contacted by your GP Surgery or given access to an App to record your own daily readings. This will show your GP if you are getting better or becoming more unwell, meaning that they can intervene quickly if needed to get you any necessary treatment, rather than waiting and risking further deterioration.

Local GP, Dr Tim Walters explains, “There is good evidence that patients more at risk from Covid-19, can benefit from their reduced oxygen levels being identified earlier in the course of the illness."

With patients recording their readings from the pulse oximeter, we can make sure we keep a close eye on those more at risk, and where necessary, get them to hospital before their blood oxygen levels drop too much. This gives them a much better chance of recovery as well as providing reassurance for at risk patients and their families".

The video below helps to explain how to use a pulse oximeter at home: