Queen Victoria Hospital expands NHS sleep clinic in Sussex

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Queen Victoria Hospital expands NHS sleep clinic in Sussex

Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, known for its specialist expertise, has expanded its sleep disorder outpatient clinic, enabling it to see more patients in West Sussex.

The sleep disorder team established a coastal clinic in April 2017 following requests from patients wanting specialist support closer to home. Since then the team have seen around 130 patients in its clinic which operated once a month from the War Memorial Hospital in Bognor Regis.

The expansion saw the clinic move to The Arundel Surgery in February, where the team will provide weekly appointments from within the GP practice. The increased number of clinics will enable more patients to see an expert closer to their home where they will receive the same service, quality and outcome for their sleep problems as the main clinic in East Grinstead.

The new clinic will also enable the team to offer insomnia and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions.

The sleep disorder service has been running in East Grinstead for 26 years and is the largest service of its kind in the south of England, outside of London. It receives around 3,000 new referrals a year.

Dr Peter Venn, Clinical Director of the sleep disorder centre, said: “The response we’ve had to our initial coastal satellite clinic has been very positive and shown there is a demand for people wanting support for their sleep problems. The move to the Arundel Surgery is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our service further which is popular and highly regarded.”

The clinic 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 the hospital’s 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 Arundel.

GPs can refer patients directly to the service.

Pictured: Dr Peter Venn ready to see patients at the new clinic at The Arundel Surgery.

For more information please contact the QVH Press Office on 01342 414508.

About the Sleep Disorder Centre
The Sleep Disorder Centre was established in 1992, and provides a comprehensive service in sleep medicine for the south east of England. The centre diagnoses and treats all aspects of adult sleep medicine, particularly respiratory disorders during sleep. Find out more about the sleep disorder centre and a full list of the conditions it can treat here.