COVID-19 Home oxygen concentrators

Publications approval reference: 001559

NHS England and NHS Improvement

To NHS trusts, CCGs, STP/ICS in England

2 April 2020

Dear NHS provider

COVID-19 Home oxygen concentrators

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, NHS colleagues are
increasingly trying to order home oxygen concentrators for general installation, rather
than for a named patient.

We would like to remind everyone that home oxygen concentrators are for named
patients only. Should organisations want to obtain home oxygen concentrators, there
is a process in place to do so.

All requests for home oxygen must be ordered by a registered healthcare
professional by completing the required forms per named patient:

  • home oxygen consent form (HOCF)
  • initial home oxygen risk mitigation form (IHORM)
  • part A home oxygen order form.

The named patient will then sign a consent form.

Upon receipt of the request, the home oxygen provider company will supply all the
equipment needed directly to the named patient’s home address.

For more details of the general management or distribution of home oxygen
supplies, please refer to Appendix 1: Good HOOF guide.

Yours sincerely

Professor Dame Sue Hill
DBE FMedSci FRSB FRCP (Hon) FRCPath (Hon)
Chief Scientific Officer and SRO for Genomics
NHS England and NHS Improvement