Welcome to The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association

Working to improve the lives of sleep apnoea patients,their partners and their families. Managed by volunteers, SATA is regarded as the leading UK charity working in the field of Sleep Apnoea

Complimentary Medical Alert card and purchase of a Medical Equipment Baggage Tag are now additional benefits if you join the Trust


Sleep Apnoea – Essential Information for Doctors, Nurses and other Clinicians


The British Thoracic Society (BTS)  have published a revised Position Statement on Driving and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) 2018. All Clinical Staff should follow the advice provided by the BTS in this Position Statement, in conjunction with the revised DVLA Guidance published in March 2019 “Assessing fitness to drive – a guide for medical professionals  March 2019”

Click here   BTS Position Statement on Driving & Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) 2018

Click here Assessing Fitness to Drive – A Guide for Medical Professionals – March 2019

The recent problems with DVLA seem to be stabilising. But for the time being SATA continues to advise that you do not advise patients who drive and you suspect to have sleep apnoea and have not been diagnosed through consultation and sleep test with an appropriate Sleep Clinic,  to telephone, email or use the online medical reporting system to contact the DVLA, but to write and keep a copy. A mistake can easily lead to an unecessarily revoked licence

The much clearer explanation of the new rules published by the DVLA and updated in March 2019 and read in conjunction with the BTS Position Statement will lead to a much better understanding by patients and clinicians of their position as regards informing the DVLA.

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 its recommendation by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

Please make your selection below:

Assessing Fitness to Drive – A Guide for Medical Professionals – March 2019
Confidentiality_Patients_fitness_to_drive_and_reporting_concerns_to_DVLA_or_DVA.pdf_70063275
NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence)

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