Obstructive Sleep Tombola - 3 May - PRH Apnoea Pre 12...¢  2012-03-20¢  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Presentation
Obstructive Sleep Tombola - 3 May - PRH Apnoea Pre 12...¢  2012-03-20¢  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Presentation
Obstructive Sleep Tombola - 3 May - PRH Apnoea Pre 12...¢  2012-03-20¢  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Presentation
Obstructive Sleep Tombola - 3 May - PRH Apnoea Pre 12...¢  2012-03-20¢  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Presentation

Obstructive Sleep Tombola - 3 May - PRH Apnoea Pre 12...¢  2012-03-20¢  Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Presentation

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  • Need Help! Who do you call?

    A GP can help you assess your situation and may give you advice over the phone, ask you to visit the surgery or direct you to other health services includ- ing, the walk-in centres (Shrewsbury and Telford and Wrekin), Minor Injury Units {Whitchurch, Oswestry, Ludlow or Bridgnorth}, local pharmacies or if your condition is serious A&E. For more information on how to find health advice in your area, visit www.shropshire.nhs.uk or wvvw.telford.nhs.uk. Alternatively, visit the na- tional website www.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice or to find your nearest health services.

    Speak to a GP and find out which service is best for you. Keep this information handy, hopefully you won't need it but if you do you'll know how to find it.


    March / April 2012

    Registered Charity No. 326730

    Breathe Easy Telford is a self-help group affiliated to the British Lung Foundation, dedicated to bringing together all those in our area affected by respiratory diseases, both patients and carers. Meetings are monthly, every fourth Thursday at Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre [Swimming Baths], Larkin Way, Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford TF1 1LX at 2.00 p.m. Please contact chairman - Gerald Newton on 01952 593561 for further details. E-mail the editor; dillarstone@blueyonder.co.uk

    Tombola - 3 May - PRH Please keep all your unwanted Christ- mas presents, etc. Our next Tombola is in May at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. They will be collected at our March and April meetings. Hand dona- tions directly (don’t place on Raffle or Bring and Buy tables”) to Mary Cook or Veronica Miller. Many thanks for your generosity & support.

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Presentation Last month Sr Jill Wilson from the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) gave a very informative presentation on the Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Service here in Telford. She brought along some of the equipment cur- rently used to treat this condition. The highlights of her presentation are on page 3.

  • The National Memorial Arboretum Visit This is a special place that remembers those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways. With some 50,000 trees already planted, and 200 dedicated memorials established on the site, the Arboretum is a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the armed and civil services of this country. Established in 1997, the site now hosts an abundance of wild plants, woodland areas, grassland, a reed bed and wetland. It is populated by a variety of wildlife including brown hares, skylarks, lapwings, otters, tits and finches, green woodpeckers, buntings and an occasional black redstart. Our trip starts at the MILLENNIUM CHAPEL OF PEACE AND FORGIVENESS with a welcome talk in the Chapel, an introduction to the National Memorial Arboretum, then the LAND TRAIN TOUR for an hour covering also the outer lying points of the Arboretum, with a complete and informative commentary. We arrive back for a Traditional Afternoon Tea of a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, a variety of locally sourced pastries, cakes and biscuits and a choice of tea or coffee. 20th June 2012 at 12.00 midday from Wellington Swimming Baths. The cost including the “tea”is £11. Please note we only have 30 places available for the tea. If you wish to come, without the tea, the cost will be £5 towards the cost of the coach, payable on booking at the meetings or contact Mary Cook on 01952 254678 for further information. Other forthcoming outings - 11th July for Llandudno - £5.00, 15th August for Trentham Gardens - £5.00 All trips have been sponsored by the group so support would be welcomed.

    Going on Holiday with Oxygen? It is possible to travel and go on holiday while dependant on oxygen. If you are going to a destination in England and Wales you do not necessarily need to go to the GP to arrange, you can order with Air Products direct following the 7 steps below. It is beneficial to try and plan a holiday at least 2-4 weeks in advance and always seek medical advice before you book and travel on holiday. Take details of your ‘home oxygen order’ with you and any accessories you may need. Step 1 Obtain permission from your GP or respiratory specialist to travel before you book your holiday. Step 2 Obtain permission for your holiday oxygen equipment to be delivered and stored at your holiday accommodation. Step 3 (England & Wales) If you require the same oxygen equipment at your holiday destination as you have at home, you can now contact our Healthcare Helpline directly without the need to request a home oxygen order form (HOOF) from your GP or specialist team. You will need to provide us with: · The full holiday address – including the postcode · The dates of your holiday (from and to) · A contact name and telephone number at the holiday address, not your home telephone number · The booking name and reference of the holiday where appropriate If you require different oxygen equipment at your holiday destination than you have at home, you will need to contact your GP or respiratory specialist as soon as possible before you travel on holiday. You will need to provide your GP or specialist team with the same information above. Your GP will then send to us the holiday home oxygen order. Air Products will then arrange delivery of your holiday oxygen supplies to your holiday destination, either by ourselves or via a local supplier. Step 4 Your holiday oxygen equipment will be ready for you when you arrive and will be collected when you leave. Step 5 Please ensure that you have enough oxygen cylinders for your journey to & from your destination. Step 6 Travelling by car?, check our latest guidance on the Air Products website http://www.airproducts.co.uk/homecare/patients_carers/hos/travellingbycar.htm Step 7 As the holiday oxygen service is free of charge, there is no need to pay. Enjoy your holiday. Going on holiday in Scotland & Northern Ireland? If you require the same oxygen equipment as you have at home, contact the Healthcare Helpline as soon as possible, before you travel on holiday. If you require different oxygen equipment than you have at home, contact your General Practitioner (GP) or specialist team as soon as possible before you travel on holiday. Going on holiday outside the UK Please note that due to changing circumstances we are currently unable to accept private holiday orders for any European destinations (with the exception of Southern Ireland) as from March 2012. If you should have any queries or require advice on arranging oxygen supplies abroad please call us on freephone 0800 373 580. Information taken from Air Products website March 2012

  • Sr Jill Wilson’s Presentation on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Service at the PRH

    WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNOEA? (OSA) This is defined by a decrease in tone of the muscles supporting the airway during sleep, it may be caused ego by obesity or anatomical reasons. This results in repeated episodes of narrowing (hypopnoea) or closure (apnoea) of the pharyngeal airway during sleep. Hypopnoea is partial obstruction decreasing airflow and apnoea is complete obstruction stopping airflow (cessation of breathing.) Apnoeas can last for 10 seconds or more & can be very frequent, even several hundred times a night. When apnoeas occur & breathing stops, the brain reacts by briefly waking the person, causing the airways to re-open & breathing to restart. Diagnosis involves physical examination, medical history, over night sleep study and Epworth score. Some of the main symptoms, excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, morning headaches, impaired alertness, choking & gasping during sleep and Restless sleep Risk factors, incidence & associated features Risk factors for developing obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS) are increasing age, obesity and being-male. Use of alcohol & sedatives can also increase risk or severity of the condition. It is associated with high blood pressure which increases risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The condition is associated with increased risk of road traffic accidents. The patient's quality of life can be greatly affected sometimes leading to relationship break downs, loss of job and income, also the partner’s quality of sleep can be affected. TREATMENT This is aimed to reduce daytime sleepiness by reducing the no. of episodes of apnoeas/hypopnoeas experi- enced during sleep. Treatment modes: • CPAP treatment • Lifestyle management - losing weight, stop smoking and/or decrease alcohol consumption & improving sleep hygiene • Dental devices - designed to keep the upper airway open during sleep. These are traditionally viewed as a treatment option only for mild and moderate OSAHS • Surgery - involves resection of uvula (fleshy extension at back of soft palate that hangs above the throat) and redundant retrolingual (tongue base) soft tissue. However, there is a lack of evidence of clinical effectiveness and surgery is not routinely used in clinical practice • Tonsillectomy has a role in the management of some, usually younger, individuals with significantly enlarged tonsils NICE Treatment guidance March 08: CPAP is recommended for adults with moderate or severe symptomatic obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS). CPAP is only recommended as a treatment option for adults with mild OSAHS if they have symptoms that effect their quality of life & ability to go about their daily activities and lifestyle advice & any other relevant treatment options have been unsuccessful or are considered inappropriate Princess Royal Hospital Sleep Service Initial reviews & diagnostic tests are