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Hi,  With the help of a hope2sleep screening test indicating I may have moderate sleep apnea, I am hopefully going to get my GP to finally agree to refer me to a sleep specialist (I have been trying for 6 months).  I have some concerns over how long it might take to have an NHS sleep study and start any treatment such as CPAP.  How long does can this take?  I live in Bucks and have noted there is an option to use a Resmed private service and pay out of pocket for diagnosis. Can anyone advise if the private route is a good option for diagnosis before returning to NHS for long-term treatment?  With the symptoms I have I am desperate to avoid further months of waiting to get the evaluations completed.  Thank you. 

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Contact the hospital and ask how long they take to diagnose and treat a patient, some are very slow and others can be surprisingly quick, though I have a feeling you are in the slow zone.  However, it costs nothing to ask the question, maybe get your GP to ask the question, then base your decision on that.

Thanks.  I was taking this approach talking to the clinic and after I was informed it would be 8 weeks from referral to treatment plan, it now transpires that it is 4 months to a 1st appointment.  Similar for other NHS clinics too I have then looked into.  If anyone can recommend a private service in Bucks/Oxfordshire/London I would be interested to know of it. 

Private and will not be cheap!  London Sleep Clinic (PRIVATE)

London Bridge Hospital  know nothing about this one.

Sleep & Snoring Institute  Know nothing about this one either,

If you are near London try getting to one of the main hospitals there, some are slow but I have heard one is a lot faster.

Good luck!  I know someone that went to the first one and had good service, but it does mean buying your own machine and supplies.

Thank you - that is very helpful

Sleep2snore said:

Private and will not be cheap!  London Sleep Clinic (PRIVATE)

London Bridge Hospital  know nothing about this one.

Sleep & Snoring Institute  Know nothing about this one either,

If you are near London try getting to one of the main hospitals there, some are slow but I have heard one is a lot faster.

Good luck!  I know someone that went to the first one and had good service, but it does mean buying your own machine and supplies.

How are you getting on, any progress?

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