NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have awarded the contract for the Home Oxygen Assessment and Review Service for patients in the Kirklees area to Baywater Healthcare.

All clinical assessments for home oxygen therapy will now be carried out by Baywater Healthcare’s team of qualified respiratory nurses. This is a new service for Greater Huddersfield patients, while in North Kirklees the service was previously provided by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The service is now being delivered across both clinical commissioning group areas to provide a consistent and equitable service for patients across the borough.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “This new service will be a huge benefit to some of our most complex and needy patients. They will have regular and easy access to respiratory nurses who can help them manage their lung condition safely in their own homes where required.”

Patients will be provided with support and information regarding their treatment and recommendations for additional therapies appropriate for their health needs.  Clinics are held across Kirklees at The Grange Group Practice, Dewsbury Health Centre and there are satellite clinics at Kirkburton Health Centre, Meltham Group Practice and Cleckheaton Health Centre.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG added: “The service will provide all home oxygen users with regular assessments and reviews, delivered by a specialist nurse to help provide education around equipment, check patients are using the correct amount of oxygen and are not over or under using and also provide education to health care professionals around prescribing.”

Diane Gray, Chief Operating Officer, Baywater Healthcare: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we will work with local GP practices and the Clinical Commissioning Groups to deliver quality health services. Our core purpose is ‘Enhancing Lives’ and we believe the way we deliver this service will do just that for the patients of Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees.”

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