martes, 21 de abril de 2015

London Bridge Hospital Launches New Website for Specialised Sleep Centre

London Bridge Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals in the UK, has today launched the website for The Sleep Centre at London Bridge Hospital, ( a one-stop shop for sleep disorders, providing rapid assessment, intervention and treatment for numerous common and complex conditions. The website will complement the work of the Centre by providing up-to-date information regarding the different types of sleep disorders, tips for better sleep and the special services provided by the specialist, multi-disciplinary team.

Sleep, or a lack of, is a problem that most of us have experienced at one time or another. However, sleep problems that are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, are not normal and have a negative impact on an individual’s energy and emotional health. Over 25% of people in the UK suffer from a sleep disorder with common symptoms including difficulty staying awake and/or impaired daytime mental alertness, slow reactions and anxiety about sleep. Often such symptoms are due to our increasingly 24/7 lifestyles and an inability to “switch off” from external pressures. Consequently, the need for a sleep service is becoming increasingly important as Dr Guy Leschziner, Consultant Neurologist at The Sleep Centre at London Bridge Hospital explains,

“We spend a third of our life asleep, and yet we pay our sleep so little attention, compared to what we eat and how we exercise. Sleep fundamentally influences a huge array of physiological and psychological parameters, ranging from mood and memory, to blood pressure, immune function and pain threshold. Optimising sleep may have significant beneficial effects beyond simply making you feel less tired.”

The Sleep Centre also performs a number of diagnostic tests based both at home and at the Centre itself. They include:
  • An overnight Oximetry for individuals who suffer from sleep related breathing disorders
  • A standard Polysomnography, an overnight test involving measuring a number of variables through the use of sensors including brain waves, eye movements and electrical muscle activity
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLTs), daytime tests measuring levels of daytime sleepiness
  • Maintenance of wakefulness tests (MWTs) a second daytime test which determines the individual’s ability to stay awake in sleepy conditions
  • Full Montage (EEG) Polysomnography, similar to a standard Polysomnography only with an increased number of sensors for investigating nocturnal seizures
  • Telemetry (EEG) studies, used for patients with suspected seizures
  • CPAP titration and follow up (also known as a APAP trial) offered to individuals who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) 

Primarily functioning as an outpatient clinic, the integrated nature of the hospital means that those who require further intervention in the form of inpatient procedures, can be easily treated at London Bridge Hospital with patients scheduled in for first class treatment from leading Consultants, Cardiologists, Respiratory Consultants, Neurologists and Ear, Nose and Throat. As Dr Guy Leschziner states,

“We have an integrated sleep service unparalleled in the private sector, with the ability to investigate and manage the full range of sleep disorders. Our strong multidisciplinary team is crucial to the provision of optimal care.”