a new beginning
Many members who attend oxygen will have now received an email regarding the changes to appointments and about the updated procedures. If you have not received an email please check that @thebrightwell.org.uk has been added to your safe senders list. It may also be that we do not hold a current email address for you.
Oxygen therapy email
This letter contains information regarding resuming oxygen therapy, you can read it now by clicking the document icon.
OXYGEN THERAPY SAFETY MEASURES
You will now wear your oxygen mask from entering the Centre until the time you leave.
If you own your own mask you will have to take it with you, clean and disinfect it at home then bring it back with you for each session.
We will still provide masks for members and these will be brought to you while you remain in your vehicle, these are to be dropped off in a box placed within the foyer as you leave.
We strongly recommend that you invest in your own mask, we can source the correct ones you need for only £40 or for 4 monthly instalments of £10, to do this email Angela here.
When in the chamber you will now have to attach the tubes to your own mask, chamber operators will be unable to assist in this. If you need assistance, whether this is to enter/exit the chamber, transfer to a wheelchair or to attach the air tubes, you will need to bring someone with you who is able to assist you with these things and they will need to wear a mask whilst in the Centre.
USING THE CHAMBER
To protect yourself, the team and our volunteers each session will be limited to 4 people. The chamber seats have been rearranged to provide adequate space for each person.
You'll also have to bring your own plastic bottle of water, remember it has to be still not sparkling otherwise... whoosh!
Leave whatever you can in your car, you can bring in ONE of the following: book/ tablet / mobile / knitting. You should also make sure you have any emergency medication you may need with you, such as an epi-pen or dextrose and leave everything else behind, so no coats or bags please.
CARERS / FAMILY MEMBERS
To maintain social distancing carers or family members will only be allowed into the Centre to provide you assistance. You can bring one person with you and they must be wearing a protective mask. Anyone you bring will have to wait in the car or outside the building during your session. If you need assistance leaving the chamber we will call them when you are ready.
We are temporarily barring dogs, apart from accredited service dogs, from the Centre and grounds as we are currently unable to accommodate their needs. With summer here we do not wish to have any animal left unattended whether in a vehicle or tied up outside the Centre.
SOCIALISING / REFRESHMENTS
Just for the moment you will not be able to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat after your session (or before). The kitchen area is closed to everyone except staff and they will not be able to provide hot drinks. You'll leave the Centre straight after your session, except for using the toilets, and we kindly request you do not gather in the car park. If you want you are welcome to sit in the garden but please remember to maintain a safe distance.
Following the recommendations of our medical advisers the procedure for oxygen has changed slightly.
You will begin breathing oxygen during the pressurisation of the chamber, meaning you'll receive the full recommended time of one hour on oxygen, 45 minutes at pressure. During depressurisation the oxygen is switched to air, so do keep your mask on.
To provide ample time for people to enter and exit there will be 4 oxygen sessions each day. It is more important than ever that you are at least 15 minutes early for your appointment. This helps us to maintain a socially distanced timetable. Unfortunately we will not be able to 'hold' sessions if you are running late.
The full document detailing the new procedures for oxygen therapy is available as by clicking the blue button.
Oxygen operation procedures
You can see the changes that have been implemented by clicking the grey button.
Guidance issued by MS National Therapy Centres
If you'd like to read the guidance we received from MSTNC it is available as a PDF by clicking the icon to the left.
Book your session
You can make an appointment by calling the Centre during our normal office hours of 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
So that as many people as possible can benefit from oxygen therapy everyone will be limited to one session per week.