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Sleep Service

The Sleep Service is provided by a team of respiratory physiologists, practitioners and administrative staff.  We are involved in diagnostic testing for sleep disorders - predominately obstructive sleep apnoea, and also treating these disorders. We work at both Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

Please see our 'What to expect when attending for a sleep disorder' page for further information.

Tests we perform

  • Overnight Sleep Studies involves wearing a monitor at home to investigate sleep related breathing disorders, specifically sleep apnoea.
  • CPAP treatment involves wearing a mask at night to treat sleep related breathing disorders. Once established on treatment you will be followed up annually by this department.

           CPAP treatment

Referral Guidelines

If you feel you may have a sleep disorder you need to discuss this with your G.P.  They will decide whether you need to be referred to a sleep consultant. The consultant may then refer you to us for a sleep study before you have an appointment with them.

Improving your sleep

There are many simple changes we can all make to our lives to improve sleep, please follow the links below for advice.
Sleep diary
Sleep hygiene information

CPAP treatment

Your first week of treatment will be on an auto-titrating CPAP to determine what pressure you need to resolve your aponeas/hypopneas. On your return we will then issue you with a fixed pressure CPAP and aim to see you once a year once you are settled on the treatment.

Frequently asked questions

Some people struggle with CPAP initially, please browse our frequently asked questions for advice.

CPAP Instructions

We give you a lot of information when you see us and understandably you may struggle to remember everything so please find a reminder for how to use your CPAP below.
Respironics auto-titrating CPAP (First weeks trial)
Respironics fixed pressure CPAP
Fisher & Paykel fixed pressure CPAP
Cleaning your CPAP mask

CPAP Servicing

These are performed by the Medical Engineering departent however please contact us first as we will always try to coincide your CPAP service with your annual sleep clinic follow up appointment. If you are unsure of when your CPAP is due for a service please see the advice from Medical Engineering

CPAP faults

If you suspect a fault with your CPAP please contact us as soon as possible and we will endeavour to see you the same day.

How to contact us

Head of department: Beverley Gray

Opening times:  Monday: 8am - 5pm
                              Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
                              Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
                              Thursday: 8am - 7pm
                              Friday: 8am - 3pm

Telephone Numbers:
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: 0300 422 6819
                                        Cheltenham General Hospital: 0300 422 4313

An answerphone is available outside of opening hours and also during busy times when we are not available to answer the phone, if you leave a message we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Please be aware we are unable to offer a drop in service, you will need to contact us to arrange a time to come in.

How to find us

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: We are located within the Clinical Investigations unit on the ground floor.  From the main outpatient entrance follow the signs for 'Imaging 1 and Clinical Investigations'.  This will guide you along the corridor between the two shops, enter through the doors and turn left into waiting area B.  Located here is the intercom system, in order to inform the department of your arrival please press number 5 and wait for a response.

Cheltenham General Hospital: We have moved from West Block to level two of the College Road Wing, directly above the Emergency Department.

For more guidance please see the Hospital maps. but please be aware our new location in Cheltenham has not yet been updated on the map.  Please leave adequate time for parking when visiting either hospital.