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sleep apnoea

A sleep disorder when the upper airway (pharynx) collapses repeatedly, at irregular intervals, during sleep. 

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Cardiothoracic Services (Heart and Lung)

Sleep Service

We offer a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) and other sleep related breathing disorders.

Due to the highly specialised nature of the service, we see patients from all across the region and provide care and treatment for over 4,000 patients with sleep apnoea long-term, making us the largest provider of this service for the North of England.

Experienced team

We have an experienced multi-disciplinary sleep team of:

  • three Consultant Respiratory Physicians
  • a Consultant Neurologist
  • a specialist registrar
  • specialist sleep nurses
  • specialist sleep clinical physiologists.

The team provides initial clinical assessment, diagnostic investigations, treatment and long-term follow-up.

We see increasing numbers of patients with a wide range of sleep disorders including narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias and insomnia, and have expertise in investigating and managing these conditions. We are a clinical unit which is active in research.

Expert care to help you manage your symptoms

OSAS is a common condition resulting from recurrent narrowing and brief collapse of the back of the throat during sleep. Symptoms include:

  • snoring
  • pauses in breathing
  • restless and poor sleep
  • sleepiness during the day.

OSAS can be successfully treated, usually with a special face mask (CPAP) that supports the upper airway with pressurised air during sleep.


We have purpose-built facilities for comprehensive in-patient sleep monitoring (polysomnography), which measure the pattern and depth of sleep and closely monitors breathing during sleep. However, the majority of patients can be diagnosed using much simpler monitoring which can be performed at home following demonstration of the equipment during a brief visit to the hospital.

The specialist you see will be able to advise on which test is best for you.

We are experienced in the long-term care and management of patients on CPAP therapy and provide regular clinical review and maintenance of the equipment.

More information

For more details about our Sleep Service, please contact: 

  • Dr Sophie West, Consultant Respiratory Physician
  • Tel: 0191 233 6161
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