Referral to the sleep team

All referrals must come through the GP or hospital doctor. Patients cannot self refer.

We strongly recommend the use of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) as a screening tool for identifying potential patients with OSAS (ESS≥11 regarded as significant).

Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) questionnaire

All patients referred by a GP through the e-Referral system may will be seen in our pre-Assessment clinic. This involves a number of tests and questionnaires including lifestyle and symptoms. The patient will then take a sleep study machine home the same day. Advice and up to date information may be offered on smoking cessation, weight control, sleep hygiene and driving restrictions/responsibilities.

The results of analysed studies are discussed in a weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings. Results will then be discussed with the patient at the consultation appointment with the physician or specialist nurse.

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