How the Trust can help
The Sleep Apnoea Trust supports patients through Education, Information and assisting Research & Development. It also raises awareness of the condition and acts as a lobbying group to represent the interest of Sleep Apnoea sufferers.
We do not provide medical advice. If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnoea please contact your GP who will be able to refer you to a specialised sleep clinic.
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Your rights under the NHS Constitution in England
The NHS in England has published a Constitution which outlines your rights: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/the-nhs-constitution-for-england
If you feel that your GP, Hospital or Sleep Clinic are not meeting the commitments made in this publication this webpage outlines how to complain: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/how-do-i-give-feedback-or-make-a-complaint-about-an-nhs-service
NB. To our knowledge, NHS Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have such a Constitution and the rights outlined above do not apply
Education and Information
SATAday is an annual conference organised by SATA where members and their guests can see the latest equipment, listen to talks by medical experts about the latest research and treatment and exchange views with other patients. You can find out more about the conference here
SATA also produces a regular newsletter called Sleep Matters which is delivered free of charge to members. We also have a range of leaflets that explain the condition and its implications. The leaflets and latest issue of Sleep Matters are available in the Downloads area here. Back issues of Sleep Matters are available in the Members Area.
Volunteers offer friendly and confidential advice on practical (not medical) matters to members and non members alike. Our help lines are ready to help anyone worried about sleep apnoea. Advice is given based on personal experiences. If you are having difficulty in coming to grips with CPAP treatment or just need some practical advice ring one of our help lines.
Medical Alert Cards
Anyone with sleep apnoea should carry our credit-card-sized plastic card. The card carries a message advising paramedics and doctors of the medical condition. The card also bears a contact name and phone number of your sleep clinic. A version is available for Nocturnal Hypoventilation patients. You can find out more here
Medical Equipment Baggage Tag
SATA recommends that when travelling, patients should carry their CPAP with a highly visible Medical Equipment Baggage Tag. In these difficult times, especially when flying, you need to make it easy for your CPAP equipment to stay with you. CPAP is difficult to replace at your destination should it be lost or damaged by going into the baggage hold of an aircraft, so it must be carried on as additional hand baggage. The card carries your surname and initial, plus your mobile phone number for security reasons, as it is in public view when you travel. It is only available to Members at a cost of £10.
Research and Development.
SATA assists projects designed to improve the lives of sleep apnoea patients. These are often reported in presentations at SATAday or in articles in Sleep Matters