"Carer/ partner support for sleep apnea"

About: Glasgow Royal Infirmary / General Medicine

(as a relative),

My husband has sleep apnea and I went with him to his sleep clinic appointment hoping to be able to ask a couple of questions as his partner.

We sat in the corridor together outside the sleep laboratory. When a clinic representative spoke to my husband and asked him to go to a clinic room. I was given neither an acknowledgement that I was with my husband or any opportunity to ask my questions.

I realise that appointments are time limited and there is the issue of patient confidentiality. However my husband's condition affects myself and my quality of sleep personally and I have not had my questions answered by the experts at the clinic.

I am wondering what support is currently available for carers/partners for sleep apnea patients within NHSGGC SPPA. Is my experience an isolated situation? I am wondering if there is a gap in current services and if so how can closer working be developed with eg the British Lung Foundation for carer/ partner support .

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Response from Paul Cannon, Head of Administration, Acute Services Division, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS

Thank you for your comments on the web site, I appreciate that you have asked about support, rather than make a comment about the service provided to your husband, however I can also appreciate that sleep disorders have a significant impact on partners, as well as sufferers.

NHS24 manage a range of excellent advice and self help services and I am sure they will be able to point you to an appropriate service. They can be contacted via the web at www.nhs24.co.uk, you can either speak to an advisor or use their web based nhs inform database to search for material and guides.

I hope this is helpful.


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