In a new co-operative venture Scottish Association for Sleep Apnoea and the Sleep Apnoea Trust exhibited at the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Annual Conference held this year in Glasgow at the SECC from 1st -3rd October. Lesley Bagnall from SASA and Chris Rogers from SATA jointly manned a stand to take their message to GPs. Undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea kills.
A driver with undiagnosed OSA is 3 to 9 times more likely to have a road traffic accident.
A person with undiagnosed, untreated moderate to severe OSA has their life expectancy reduced by up to 20%. Undiagnosed OSA can lead to excessive tiredness, stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, depression and extreme mood swings.
Diagnosis and treatment of all sufferers would save the NHS £28 million a year and reduce road traffic accidents by 40,000 a year.
There are still many people in the UK who have not been diagnosed and treated. GPs hold the key to increasing diagnosis levels.
SASA and SATA have jointly produced a leaflet aimed specifically at GPs. Copies were distributed at the RCGP conference. Further copies can be obtained by using the contact sheet on the Home Page.