I need a bit of advice from some more experienced people. I had a sleep study through the NHS last week & have been diagnosed with extreme Sleep Apnea (60-70 instances an hour).
However I have now been told that I have to be referred to another department before I can actually receive a CPAP machine, and that this department has a 6 month waiting list!!!! This is a bit of a kick as now that I have been diagnosed I am really looking forward to some relief!
My questions is... Do I need to wait for this department or can I just go out and buy one direct? I am guessing that I cannot get a standard CPAP as I don't know what pressure I need but is an APAP machine just plug and go?
Thanks in advance!!
Hi Dave, and sorry to hear you've been diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea, but when you get on CPAP you should start to feel so much better.
To purchase a CPAP machine you need a prescription from the consultant, and if you really want to purchase your own then I'd bring that up when you get your next appointment, or ring the hospital for advice. With severe sleep apnoea you need to be monitored properly and also check it's just obstructive sleep apnoea and not central. Lots of hospitals are happy to look after their patients even when they purchase their own machine, and it would be worth finding out which manufacturer they use too as it will be easier for them to monitor you if they have the right software from the manufacturer they use. Different hospitals use different ones.