"Chronic Sleep Apnoea- Lack of funding"

About: University Hospital Hairmyres / Neurology

(as a service user),

My sister was recently referred with severe obstructive sleep apnoea. She is struggling to cope with anything at the moment. Her sleep apnoea is completely debilitating and coupled with the fact that she has MS she is struggling to function on a daily basis.

She has been advised that she would have to wait 3 months for the apparatus that she needs. I am extremely concerned about her health. 

Upon speaking to her consultant (from GGC) we were advised that Lanarkshire Health board are not currently supplying a service and are not paying GGC for the service they are supplying to support Lanarkshire. I understand that there are exceptional circumstances at the moment but for Lanarkshire not to be supplying this service at all is surely unacceptable given the population and this is extremely concerning.


Response from Eileen Stewart, Service Support Manager, Medical, NHS Lanarkshire last week
Eileen Stewart
Service Support Manager, Medical,
NHS Lanarkshire
Submitted on 23/03/2020 at 16:59
Published on Care Opinion on 24/03/2020 at 09:58

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Dear Concerned Relative and Patient

Thank you for taking the time to write to Care Opinion. I was sorry to learn that your sister is struggling to cope at the moment with activities of daily living. All Lanarkshire patients who require CPAP are referred to Glasgow for equipment as we do not supply this in Lanarkshire. This has been a longstanding arrangement.

Due to the current COVID 19 virus, large numbers of our staff are being taken away from their routine work and are being asked to assist with potential COVID patients going forward. This has led to all routine activity being suspended during these exceptional circumstances and it is unfortunate that treatment will be delayed. I can only apologise for this and hope that your sister will receive her CPAP machine once the current crisis is over.

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