Our next committee meeting will be on June 6th 2018 at St Woolos Chapel at 1600 Hrs All welcome as our meetings are open.
On behalf of the Committee we wish all our members, friends and acquaintances a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy and Successful New Year.
Our next meeting is on the 10th January 2018 at the St Woolos Chapel at 1600hrs. All are very welcome.
Sleep Clinic returns to Cardiff on Friday 15th December
We’re delighted to announce the return of our Sleep Clinic to Cardiff.
We’ll be offering all our usual in-clinic services as well as free demos on AirSense 10, AirMini and the new AirTouch mask range.
To book a place, call us on 0800 917 7071 or email email@example.com
ResMed at the Cyncoed Consulting Rooms
277 Cyncoed Road
Cyncoed, Cardiff CF23 6PA
This article is reproduced courtesy of ResMed 7.11.17
OSA and Driving
Following discussions between The OSA Partnership Group and the DVLA relating to the requirements for driving with OSA, there have been some changes to the guidance provided for medical professionals.
These changes mean that if you are diagnosed with OSA but do not have sleepiness that impairs your ability to drive, you may continue to drive as normal and do not need to notify the DVLA.
If you have sleepiness and it is suspected that you may have OSA, you should stop driving but you do not have to notify the DVLA until a diagnosis has confirmed.
However, if OSA Syndrome, i.e. with sleepiness sufficient to impair driving is confirmed, you must not drive and must notify the DVLA.
We recommend the following steps:
- If you are a professional driver, who relies on your driving licence for your livelihood, mention this to your GP and request that they write to your local sleep centre to request fast tracked treatment within four weeks. Guidelines can be found here.
- Once OSA Syndrome has been confirmed, regardless of whether you are a type 1 or a type 2 licence holder, we recommend that you write to the DVLA (rather than calling the helpline number or online services). You must stop driving in the interim and start the recommended treatment.
- Once this treatment is successfully controlling your symptoms and your consultant has confirmed this, you may start driving once again and notify the DVLA that the symptoms are under control. Your licence won’t be affected as long as you comply with the treatment.
If you have any queries or concerns, please speak to your consultant or sleep specialist.
The 2017 AGM was possibly the best attended gathering the WSAS has experienced. An audience in excess of 50 turned up. The interaction was excellent and a interesting presentation of the new mini ResMed CPAP was well received by the audience. More to follow in due course.
Please note the 2017 AGM will be held on he 16th September at the Lecture Theatre at the RGH Postgraduate Centre, Bellevue Lane Newport, Gwent.
Resmed and Phillips Respironics will be displaying their vatious equipment and will be on hand to discuss individual needs .
Light refreshments will be available.
The AGM will take place on Saturday 16 September 2017 commencing at 11:00am in the Lecture Theatre at the Postgraduate Centre, Newport, Gwent.
PART 1 – FORMAL PART
1 CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
2 MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
3 SECRETARY’S REPORT
4 TREASURER’S REPORT
5 MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY’S REPORT
6 TRIENNIAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS
• Deputy Chairman
• Membership Secretary
7 ELECTION OFAUDITOR
8 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
PART II – PRESENTATIONS
1 Presentation by Phil Paice, Philips Respironics ‘New Developments’
2 Presentation by Donna Lloyd & Hannah Forrest, Respironics ‘Air Mini and the Direct to Patient support channel’
3 Presentation by WSAS Member, Diane Palmer ‘Experiences on Equipment Purchased at the AGM, 2016’
4 Question and Answer Session
Dr Melissa Hack and Sister Jeanette Richards will be available to answer your questions
The dates are
7th June 2017
6th December 2017
Meeting held at St Woolos Chapel 1600 hrs.
All welcome to attend.
The WSAS were advised at our December Committee meeting that following a technical and diagnostic review the sleep unit previously based at the Patterson Unit in the Royal Gwent Hospital Newport, will be transferred to the Chest Unit located at St Woolos.
The assets of the Patterson Unit (mostly funded by the WSAS) will be transferred to St Woolos. Overnight sleep studies will be discontinued and if required undertaken at Nevill Hall
The same teams and excellent treatment continues at the Chest Clinic under the leadership of Respiratory Consultant Dr Melissa Hack and Sleep Specialist Nurse Sister Jeanette Richards.
The WelshSAS is looking to expand and is asking for volunteer ambassadors to liaise and promote the society in other Welsh health areas. i.e. Swansea, Cardiff, mid west and north Wales.
Can you help and devote some time?
If yes please send a brief note with your contact details (Telephone, Address etc.)
The WelshSAS have launched a facebook page. This gives patients the direct opportunity to comment and interact better via Social Media with the Society.
Why not give it a try and help us improve the site.