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"Sleep apnea and quality of life"

About: Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead) / General medicine

(as a service user),

GP referred me to Queen Victoria Hospital sleep clinic for potential sleep apnea. My wife had been urging me to attend for years! I am very glad I did. 

Despite being a very busy clinic the wait times were very reasonable. I was given a device to monitor my oxygen levels and heart rate overnight and asked to keep a diary. The process of delivery and return of the equipment was very efficient.
I was followed-up remotely (due to covid-19) by a very personable consultant who diagnosed sleep apnea. I was then given the option of trialling a CPAP machine. I felt involved in the decision making process.

I was seen within a few weeks by a friendly and efficient staff member who talked me through the fit, operation and servicing of the CPAP machine. 

I can report it has been a revelation! My snoring has gone from waking the whole house to barely audible and my sleep quality has improved to the extent that I wake up feeling refreshed. The bags under my eyes are looking better too!

The sleep clinic are friendly, efficient and responsive and I have been very impressed with this service. 


Response from Nicolle Ferguson, Patient Experience Manager, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 3 months ago
Nicolle Ferguson
Patient Experience Manager,
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Submitted on 27/04/2021 at 11:04
Published on Care Opinion at 11:04

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Dear V Meeker

Thank you so much for sharing with us your personal experience.

Having disturbed sleep must be very debilitating and now that you have sought treatment for your sleep apnea I am glad to see you are now reaping the benefits of the CPAP machine and getting a good nights sleep.

I will certainly pass on your kind comments to Sleep Disorder Centre who I am sure will be delighted to know that their expert knowledge and professionalism have helped you.

I hope you continue to sleep well and wish you all the very best.

Kind regards

Nicolle Ferguson

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