BOC Medical has completed a series of road shows in the eastern region of the UK in preparation for new domiciliary oxygen arrangements, which will come into force on 1 February 2006.

The purpose of the BOC Medical road shows has been to give representatives from the clinical and nursing community background on the new domiciliary oxygen arrangements and to reaffirm Vitalair, BOC Medical\\$quot;s dedicated domiciliary oxygen service.

Under new arrangements put in place by the Department of Health, BOC will take over provision of domiciliary oxygen throughout East Anglia from the current providers. From the beginning of February BOC will be responsible for delivering oxygen directly to patients as well as providing and maintaining oxygen equipment. Oxygen delivery by community pharmacies will be phased out from February.

David Owers, BOC Medical marketing manager said: \\$quot;The new domiciliary oxygen arrangements will mean quite a few changes for the clinical community and if they are to continue to provide the highest quality of care to patients in the region they will need a thorough understanding of the changes and their implications.

\\$quot;From the beginning of February there will be a new oxygen ordering system in place, new oxygen concentrators and conserving devices for respiratory nurses and others concerned with patients to get used to.

\\$quot;The BOC Medical team has already been working closely with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the eastern region and given the scale of change due in the next few months, we felt it crucial to talk directly to clinicians, to listen to their concerns and give them a hands-on demonstration of BOC Medical equipment.\\$quot;