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Hertfordshire sleep disorder clinic given extra funding

A sleep disorder clinic at a Hertfordshire hospital has received an additional £200,000 investment.

The funding will enable the Lister Hospital in Stevenage to begin treating patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.

Sleep consultant Dr Patryk Szulakowski said the investment from the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust would benefit patients across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

"We're delighted to be able to offer this new service," he said.

"Up until now, patients suspected by their GPs of suffering from the condition have had to travel to sleep units outside of Hertfordshire for their full investigation and treatment, often involving an overnight stay.

"From now on, people can access this very important service locally here at the Lister."

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a potentially life-threatening breathing disorder caused by collapse of the upper airway, which occurs during sleep and contributes to a decrease in oxygen levels.

It is one of the most frequent chronic respiratory diseases, affecting 3 to 7% of men and 2 to 5% of women.

"People suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea tend to snore very loudly, often placing strain on relationships.

"Sufferers also have a relatively poor quality of life because they are not sleeping properly and end up very tired during the day, with the resulting problems of difficulty in concentrating and irritability", said Dr Szulakowski.

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