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Appeal for unused pulse oximeters

Press release – January 26 2021



The Respiratory Team at Hereford County Hospital is asking that any patients who were issued with a pulse oximeter on discharge from hospital, and still have it, contact the Trust to arrange for its return.

Pulse oximeters are sensitive pieces of equipment used by nurses and doctors to check how efficiently oxygen is being carried through the body.

While they are small items that are usually clipped onto fingers or ear lobes, they play an important role as they are used to monitor the health of patients – including those with COVID-19.

Julie Manning, Lead Respiratory Nurse Specialist, said: “A Pulse Oximeter is a vital piece of equipment, issued by the Respiratory Early Supported Discharge Team, enabling patients to be monitored safely post discharge to ensure they continue to recover.

“We currently have more than 60 Pulse Oximeters that have been issued to patients but unfortunately not returned, so we urge patients or their families to please recheck that they have returned theirs.

"It could be that patients or their families do not know what to do with them now they are no longer needed. Please get in touch as these oximeters can then be cleaned, serviced and reissued to patients who need them,” added Julie.

Anyone with a pulse oximeter should contact the respiratory team at the Trust on 01432 364416 to arrange for it to be returned.

The department can, if necessary, send out a pre-paid envelope for the devices to be returned in.


Pic caption:

Pictured is Jo Nicholls and Julie Manning from our respiratory team with examples of the pulse oximeters they want back.

Note to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928


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