8th Oct 2017 – URGENT – Very Important Message for All Clinical Staff Involved in the Treatment of Sleep Apnoea
PLEASE UPDATE YOURSELF WITH THE NEW VERSION OF THE DVLA RULES–Assessing fitness to drive-a guide for medical professionals-October 2017, as there has been a major clarification of the rules now in use.
DO NOT ADVISE PATIENTS TO PHONE THE DVLA UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AS THEY MAY WELL LOSE THEIR DRIVING LICENCE UNNECCESSARILY. THEY SHOULD ONLY CONTACT THE DVLA IN WRITING, BUT WITH YOUR HELP AND ADVICE!
Please do not advise patients who drive and you suspect to have sleep apnoea, but have not been diagnosed through consultation and sleep test with an appropriate Sleep Clinic, to call the DVLA under any circumstances, unless you feel that they are a danger to themselves and other road users.
Such action is resulting in unnecessary loss of their driving licences.
The much clearer explanation of the new rules published on 18th October 2017, will lead to a much better understanding by patients and clinicians of their position as regards informing the DVLA.
HOWEVER, this will take some time to cascade throughout the healthcare network in the UK and,, at present, our Helpline is overwhelmed with cases where driving licences are being mistakenly revoked.
The process to reverse these mistakes is at present bureaucratic and slow, so following the better explanation of the rules, SATA hopes that other areas of communication, such as Gov.uk, the Forms SL1 and SL1V and other associated documents are subject to the same simplification and clarity.
The GP Guidelines are provided to give an outline of the cause of the condition, its symptoms and treatment. They do not replace other sources of Medical Information that a doctor or nurse may use.
We also include the latest version of the General Medical Councils Guidance on Patient Confidentiality, both to inform patients and keep clinicians updated.
SATA was instrumental in lobbying for the provision of treatment for Sleep Apnoea resulting in it’s recommendation by NICE (National institute for Clinical Excellence)
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Assessing fitness to drive-a guide for medical professionals Oct 2017
NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence)
Driven to Despair – How Drivers are let down by the DVLA