Sleep ser­vice chang­ing lives for ap­noea pa­tients

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

SLEEP ap­noea suf­fer­ers are urged to try Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal’s Sleep Ser­vice.

The ser­vice, which has been in place for six months, cares for around 35 pa­tients.

But it’s thought there are many more suf­fer­ers who are un­aware of the life-chang­ing ser­vice pro­vided at the hos­pi­tal.

The ser­vice specif­i­cally treats peo­ple with ob­struc­tive sleep ap­noea (OSA), a con­di­tion where the walls of the throat re­lax and nar­row dur­ing sleep, in­ter­rupt­ing nor­mal breath­ing.

This disrupts nor­mal sleep and can make peo­ple ex­tremely tired and sleepy dur­ing the day, it can also lead to se­ri­ous med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions.

Dr Sri­ram Iyer, con­sul­tant res­pi­ra­tory physi­cian and head of Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal’s sleep ser­vice – which he runs with se­nior sis­ter, Kate John­son, said it can be man­aged ef­fec­tively.

He said: “This is one of the few con­di­tions in medicine where easily avail­able treat­ment can quickly trans­form lives. This has had a dra­matic ef­fect on some of our pa­tients.

“That’s one of the most sat­is­fy­ing things in medicine.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01625 663 956 or ask your GP to write to Dr Iyer.

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