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am doing a recce for a friend with COPD and wonder if anyone knows the cost differences (to the NHS that is) of a concentrator versus oxygen cylinders being delivered every week

Is it even worth asking them to consider changing his system? I am trying to get him out and about now and going on some trips locally but the oxygen cylinder only lasts about an hour so it is restricting

thanks

Kathy

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Damon1864Volunteer

Hi I would certainly ask about a concentrator I have two alarge one for when at home and a small one for when I'm out . Hope this helps have a good night and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx 🌻🌻

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Casey1013 in reply to Damon1864

thanks Bernadette and Jack. Do you have any idea what the cost differential might be ?

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Damon1864Volunteer in reply to Casey1013

Sorry no but someone on here might. Take care😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx 🌻🌻

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gingermusic

I have no idea what the cost difference might be but when on cylinders for going out mine would last around 7 hours, but I have since been changed over to a concentrator which lasts around 8 hours but can be charged in the car as well as at home. Ruth

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Millyboo710

I’d get him to contact his respiratory team. I have two concentrators, one upstairs and one downstairs for when I’m in the house, plus six small cylinders and two big ones as back up. We bought a small portable concentrator for when I go out. A small cylinder lasts me three hours as I’m on 2 litres.

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Tykelady in reply to Millyboo710

My oxygen prescription sounds to be the same as yours. I've never really considered the cost but I'm just grateful for all the help given. Could I ask how expensive your portable concentrator was?

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Millyboo710 in reply to Tykelady

It was £2,400 but worth every penny for the freedom it’s given me. I use it so often and it’s been great for our holiday and visits to family who live a distance away. We recharge the battery when we get back in. We were very happy to pay for it as I’ve had such amazing care from the NHS which is ongoing. I’m very grateful.

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Tykelady

Having never considered the cost I couldn't advise you but I have two machines at home, one up and one downstairs plus portable cylinder exchange as required.

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KC2222

Hi Kathy, my portable tank only lasts an hour when out & about, I have a converter at home for home use.

Resp nurse says cant have a portable concentrator when out as max is 3L for portables and In on 4L- check what level your friend needs

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Poppy2525 in reply to KC2222

Hi I have an Inogen One G5 on the NHS and that goes up to 6L so i would ask again. i would'nt be without mine, now I have got used to it, gives you so much more freedom.

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KC2222 in reply to Poppy2525

Wow great unfo thanks x

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Casey1013

Thank you to everyone who replied to my query. The feedback has been very useful. 🙏

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Poppy2525

Hi I have an Inogen One G5 on the NHS and that goes up to 6L so i would ask again. i would'nt be without mine, now I have got used to it, gives you so much more freedom.

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