A Chorley and South Ribble Hospital team has set up a drive-through Sleep Apnoea service, to protect patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sleep Service team, who provides treatment for 2,000 patients in the region, set up the drive through to give patients access to a new model of CPAP machines.
These patients are treated using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which keeps airways open during sleep and therefore improves quality of sleep.
Patients using the older CPAP machines can come to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and without leaving their vehicle, swap out the machine for a new one. The new machines are easy to use and quick to set up, and the team will follow up with patients over the telephone and via video calls to ensure they aren’t having any problems and their treatment is going well.
Dr Himanshu Singh, Respiratory Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“I am proud to say we were one of the first trusts in the country to implement this, performing virtual clinics to review the effectiveness of the CPAP therapy in treating a patient’s condition and also to be able to adapt to the crisis.
“There is a remote monitoring facility built into the equipment, which means our patients no longer need to travel for appointments, but they have the comfort of knowing support is always available to them on the other end of the phone or via video consultation.
“We have been overwhelmed by the feedback we have had from the patients we have seen so far, and I want to thank my team for their innovative work in making the drive through service happen.”
The service has been proven extremely popular with patients who would normally travel great distances to attend their hospital appointment such as the Lake District, East Lancashire, Lancaster and Southport. The staff can review patient utilisation and compliance with the equipment for each individual and save unnecessary appointments.