New sleep clinic opens in Bognor Regis

Friday 28th April 2017

New sleep clinic opens in Bognor Regis

The sleep disorder centre at the Queen Victoria Hospital is launching today (28 April) an outpatient clinic at the War Memorial Hospital in Bognor Regis.

The sleep disorder service has been running in East Grinstead for 24 years and is the largest service of its kind in the south of England, outside of London. It receives around 2,500 new referrals a year.

Feedback from patients in the coastal part of West Sussex said that they would prefer the same service, quality and outcome for their sleep problems but closer to home – the opening of this clinic means they can see an expert closer to their home.

It will provide home-based investigations wherever possible, but more complex investigations and treatments where a sleep study (Polysomnography) is needed will take place at the sleep disorder centre in East Grinstead. This sleep study involves a person staying in one of our specially set up bedrooms whilst equipment records their brain waves, oxygen level in the blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements whilst they sleep.

Follow up appointments for patients using CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines will form a major part of the routine service at Bognor.

The service can investigate and treat:

  • Chronic insomnia
  • Sleep disordered breathing, including obstructive and central sleep apnoea
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (and fatigue where it is due to poor sleep), including narcolepsy and central hypersomnia
  • Parasomnias, including sleep walking, confusional arousals, REM behaviour disorder, sleep related eating disorders and sexsomnia
  • Circadian rhythm disorders, including delayed sleep phase syndrome, shift work related sleep disorder, non-24 hour sleep wake disorder
  • Sleep related movement disorders including restless legs, periodic limb movements in sleep and epilepsies.

Dr Peter Venn, Clinical Director of the sleep disorder centre said: “The opening of our new clinic is a direct response to the feedback we’ve received from our patients. Our new Bognor clinic will help improve their experience of our sleep disorder service by bringing it to them. This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our service which is popular and highly regarded.”

As well as treating breathing disorders, the sleep disorder centre has a team of fully qualified clinical psychologists and psychotherapists to undertake cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for insomnia, often helping to people to end the long term use of sleeping tablets.

GPs can refer patients directly to the service. Find out more about the sleep disorder centre here.