Sleep Service

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Our Sleep Service sees children and young people who have severe sleep problems.

We are one of just a few specialist paediatric sleep services in the UK.

Services

We investigate and provide advice and treatment for:

  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • narcolepsy
  • severe sleep walking, night terrors or unexplained nocturnal events
  • severe sleep disturbance

The sleep study may require overnight admission to the Sleep Unit or more simple studies may be carried out at home.

Sleep studies

  • Polysomnography – a sleep study to measure your child’s sleep cycles and stages while asleep. Generally done to find out if someone is breathing normally when asleep or to investigate unusual events occurring during sleep.
  • Overnight Oximetry – a recording of the oxygen saturation and heart rate with a soft probe taped on the finger or the foot. This study can sometimes be done at home.

Clinics

  • consultant-led Sleep Clinic on Monday afternoons in the Outpatients Department
  • nurse-led Sleep Clinic on Monday mornings in the Outpatients Department and Tuesday mornings at the Northern General
  • monthly narcolepsy clinics
Sleep Clinic (nurse-led)

Sometimes our consultants ask for patients to be booked into the nurse-led sleep clinic.

If this happens our appointments team will arrange your clinic appointment and this will be sent out in the post. The nurse-led sleep clinic happens on Monday mornings and the Children’s Hospital and on Tuesday mornings at the Northern General Hospital.

First clinic appointment

The first clinic appointment is planned to last up to one hour. During this appointment the specialist sleep nurse will take a very detailed story of your child’s bedtime routine, sleep patterns and daytime activities.

Following appointments

After the first clinic appointment the specialist sleep nurse will make a follow-up plan and discuss it with the Sleep Consultant. Your child will then be followed up in the nurse-led sleep clinic every two weeks usually for three to four clinic visits.

Each follow-up clinic visit lasts 30 minutes. The specialist sleep nurse will also arrange phone calls in between the clinic visits.

What to bring with you

Please bring the names of any medication that your child is taking. Any other information, sleep diaries or recordings of your child’s sleep can also sometimes be useful.

Contact us

If you are unable to come in for the sleep clinic appointment that has been arranged for you, please ring our appointments line on 0114 305 3691 as soon as possible so that this clinic appointment can be offered to someone else as availability for the specialist clinic is very limited.

If you require more information or have any questions about your clinic visit, please ring the specialist sleep nurse on 07884 11751 and leave a message and contact number on the answer phone and she will return your phone call as soon as possible.

Narcolepsy Clinic (nurse-led)

Sometimes our consultants ask for patients to be booked into the nurse-led sleep clinic.

If this happens our appointments team will arrange your clinic appointment and this will be sent out in the post. The nurse-led narcolepsy clinic happens every month.

First clinic appointment

The first clinic appointment is planned to last up to one hour. During this appointment the specialist sleep nurse will take a very detailed story of your child’s sleep patterns. This is to talk about ways we may be able to improve sleep routines and coping with narcolepsy at school.

Following appointments

After the first clinic appointment the specialist sleep nurse will make a follow-up plan and discuss it with the Sleep Consultant. Your child will then be seen in the nurse-led sleep clinic. Every time you attend to see the consultant.

The specialist sleep nurse will also be available for phone calls in between the clinic visits to provide ongoing support.

What to bring with you

Please bring the names of any medication that your child is taking. Any other information including contact details of links with school can also be useful to bring.

Contact us

If you are unable to come in for the sleep clinic appointment that has been arranged for you, please ring our appointments line on 0114 305 3691 as soon as possible so that this clinic appointment can be offered to someone else as availability for the specialist clinic is very limited.

If you require more information or have any questions about your clinic visit, please ring the Sleep Specialist Nurse on 07884 11751 and leave a message and contact number on the answer phone and she will return your phone call as soon as possible.

The Sleep Unit is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30am.

We also have a sleep hygiene course funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity. For more information visit The Children’s Sleep Charity or email info@thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk.

Staying at the Sleep Unit

Our quiet study bedrooms have a patient bed or cot, a fold-down bed and linen for parents/carers and an en suite shower room.

Meals and drinks

We advise you to have your evening meal before attending the Sleep Unit as your arrival time will be after the Hospital meal time of 5pm.

We provide take out breakfast packs on discharge for your child as the canteen does not open until 8am.

Staying overnight with your child

We ask that a parent/carer stay over with the patient if at all possible. Once your child has all of the sensors attached, they are unable to get out of bed. The reassurance of a parent or carer will help them sleep better in this environment.

Preparing your child for the procedure

If your child is old enough to understand, then it is important to explain what is likely to happen as much as possible.

What to bring

  • Nightwear for your child. Pyjamas are best for placement of the sensors and please bring some socks to cover the sensors on the toe.
  • All of your child’s medications that you will need during the overnight stay. If applicable, please bring overnight feeds and pumps, apnoea alarms, CPAP or BIPAP machines, any other routine medical equipment or devices used at home.
  • Anything that will help your child relax before and after the procedure such as a favourite toy, book, game, DVD, or teddy bear.

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