Sleep Disorder Service news and information

Sleep Unit Opening Times

Monday to Thursday – 8.30am to 5.00pm – Friday – 8.30am to 4.30pm
Lunchtime – 12.30pm to 1.00pm
Saturday/Sunday/Bank holidays – Closed

All enquiries to our direct service line – Tel: (01424) 755470 Ext: 6226

Reception cover:

Please note that due to the number of calls and enquiries coming in via our reception, we may not be able to answer your call so please leave a message and this will be picked up mid morning and lunchtime and again in the afternoon. It is then directed to the appropriate person/Technician who may be with patients but they will usually get back to you as soon as they are free.

Drop-in clinics

For those patients already on CPAP treatment, please note that the department is now holding a ‘Drop-In’ Clinic on a Tuesday and Wednesday. On arrival in the department, you will be required to complete an Epworth Sleepiness Score on ALL visits to the unit. This is a subjective (your opinion) assessment of how sleepy you feel and will help the team to identify those needing possible further intervention with equipment, masks, higher pressures etc. Our drop in clinics are held on:

Tueday afternoon
1.30pm to 4.00pm

Wednesday morning
9.30am to 12noon

Technicians allow 15 minutes for each patient, for download and replacement parts, including mask.

As we have more than 4,000 patients on treatment, please do not ‘drop-in’ at any other time, outside of these set clinics. Please call the department first as there may not be anyone free to deal with your request and you may have had a wasted journey.

Christmas and New Year opening times
Please be aware that the unit will close at 4.30pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 8.30am.

There will be a limited amount of spare parts for you to access, on a table in our reception area, should you need something in an emergency.

Fresh Case Clinics

These are held every week and access to these clinics are through a GP referral to the sleep disorders unit, here at the Conquest Hospital.

You may be seen by one of the following:

  • Mr Andrew d’E Meredith – Sleep Specialist and lead Clinician
  • Dr Simon Merritt – Sleep Specialist and Somnologist
  • Mr Wilf Kesse – Sleep Specialist and Somnologist
  • Mrs Jill Meeres Principal Sleep Technologist and Service Manager

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Christmas Holidays
During the festive season, over the Christmas holidays, (23rd December 2017 – 2nd January 2018) there will not be a Technician available but spare machines/masks and tubing are available on the emergency shelf, next to our reception, if needed. (See ‘Emergency Equipment’ below).

Retirement of Mr Andrew Meredith
We are sad to announce the retirement of our lead clinician, Mr Andrew d’E Meredith, whose last working day will be Thursday 16th November 2017.

Mr Meredith set up the sleep Unit 23 years ago, here at the Conquest and  we are sure you will join us in thanking him for his dedication to this service, whilst wishing him a very happy retirement.

Relocation of Sleep Disorders Unit to Bexhill
We are aware that many of our patients come from as far away as Seaford and travelling to and from the unit is costly and time consuming and public transport can be difficult. We are currently in talks with management to relocate this service more centrally in Bexhill. This may take some time to arrange but we will let you know in due course.

Emergency Equipment
In the event that your machine fails or your mask breaks during out of hours or during a bank holiday, there are a number of spares that are regularly put on the shelf, next to the glass cabinet in our Reception. During longer holiday periods, there will also be a table of spares. Please take what you need and put your name on the honesty list provided, along with the name of the item you have collected. Please do not take more than you need.

If you cannot see the item you require on the shelf, or something similar and you are having difficulties identifying the item, please dial 0 from the nurses station, (If not manned) and ask the switchboard to connect you to the ‘Site Manager’. Ask them to call either Jill Meeres or Terri Whiteman, as previously agreed with our Site colleagues.

Replacement Masks and Equipment
We understand that with so many patients to take care of, it can be difficult getting through on the telephone. Therefore we have arranged that new equipment can be ordered via our CPAP Patient’s Help page. Here you can request certain replacement parts/Airport letters etc. These emails come through to our Reception and although they will not be replied to, they will be forwarded to an appropriate Technician or Admin staff. However, if necessary, a Technician can contact you if you leave a mobile number/landline number. New equipment will be left out on the shelf, with your name on, for collection and you can check it is on the shelf by calling our Reception on Extension 6226, before making the journey over.

NB. Please be aware that we cannot supply equipment to any patient that has not downloaded or been seen with their machine, in the last 12 months. Therefore please attend a drop in for a download at least once a year.

If you have any ideas on how to improve our website or service, please feel free to email us, via the CPAP Patient’s Help page. We welcome any feedback and work, as always, to improve our service for you.