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The sleep medicine service, which featured as the ‘Sleep Clinic’ in the BBC television series produced by Landmark Films, is the largest in the UK. It is the only sleep centre in the UK formally accredited by the British and European sleep societies.
The sleep centre offers specialist diagnostic tests and treatments to people with a great range of sleep disorders referred from around the UK. There are several sleep clinics held at the centre each week with a multidisciplinary input.
Referrals are received from GPs and hospital doctors from all over the UK.
Over 10,000 patients with obstructive sleep apnoeas (OSAs) are currently treated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems, and the centre cares for more than 300 patients with narcolepsy and large numbers with unusual behaviours during sleep - please see symptoms and conditions, right.
The RSSC’s local sleep service has proven to be successful with full Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) support. It aims to:
Our aim is to make the expertise of the RSSC accessible to a wide population outside the hospital setting. Our experienced staff travel to local sleep clinics. The team includes specialist consultant physicians and senior nurses. If screening sleep studies are required they are performed in the patient's own home with the results available in the clinic. Often the team makes recommendations that can be taken forward by the GP, but some patients need to attend the RSSC for a more comprehensive sleep study or to start CPAP treatment.
Local sleep clinics are available in Swaffham, Thetford, Stowmarket, Norwich, Bromham, Harlow, and Stevenage and have been running for years with enthusiastic support from patients and referring clinicians. Audit has confirmed excellent outcomes, high levels of patient satisfaction and a significant reduction in travel requirements.