Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - Free public talk at Fairfield General Hospital on 12 May

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Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - Free public talk at Fairfield General Hospital on 12 May
28 April 2017

A SPECIALIST respiratory consultant who works at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is to hold a free talk on snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) for the general public and members of the Trust on Friday 12th May.

Dr Catherine Houghton will give her presentation in the Education Centre at Fairfield General Hospital from 3pm to 4pm.

OSA is one of the most common medical causes of excessive daytime sleepiness. People with OSA suffer interruptions in their breathing while they are sleeping. The interruptions wake a person up to re-start their breathing, interrupting sleep. Usually the person does not remember waking up so is unaware they have the condition. Because of the repeated waking, sufferers have poor-quality sleep so will feel sleepy during the day and be prone to nodding off.

Some people with OSA may only wake a few times in the night, and suffer minimal daytime sleepiness. The more severe form of the condition, where sufferers may wake hundreds of times in the night and suffer severe daytime sleepiness, is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS). This occurs in approximately one in four people with OSA.  People with this condition are prone to nodding off during the day, and are about seven times more likely to have crashes whilst driving.

Many people that suffer from the condition do not realise it, due to lack of awareness about symptoms. In the UK, it is estimated that around 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women have OSA. It poses a considerable demand on resources as patients with this condition often require long term treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which keeps the throat open with the use of pressurised air.

The Trust currently has over 1,200 patients on long term treatment and sees around 15 to 20 new patients per week suspected of having the condition.

Patients with OSAS in CPAP therapy must wear a mask, connected to a small pump beside the bed, over their nose during sleep every night. To cope with the significant numbers of patients requiring long term treatment new technologies are being developed to allow health care professionals to monitor patients remotely.

Dr Catherine Houghton, Consultant Chest  Physician, who will be giving the presentation said: “The talk will review the condition, how it is diagnosed and treatment options.  It will also provide details on the latest guidance from the DVLA regarding OSAS and driving, as well as looking at technological advances in treatment. It is hoped that having listened to this talk that the audience will agree that snoring sometimes matters” 

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Trust members. 

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email