GP Referral Guidelines

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Indicators of

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea

  • repetitive collapse of the upper airway associated with brief episodes of oxygen desaturation

Central sleep apnoea

  • repetitive breathing pauses of 10 seconds or more associated with oxygen desaturation

Mixed sleep apnoea

  • mixture of both obstructive and central sleep apnoea
  • History of loud snoring
  • Witnessed apnoeas
  • Daytime tiredness and sleepiness
  • Driving accidents due to sleepiness
  • Cardiovascular co-morbidities
  • Neurological co-morbidities
  • Respiratory conditions
  • BMI
  • Epworth sleepiness score
  • OSA50 Questionnaire score
  • Baseline Laboratory investigation including CBP, Thyroid Function Test, Electrolytes
Sleep Apnea

Red Flags

  •             Motor vehicle accidents while dosing at the wheel
  •             Motor vehicle or industrial near miss accidents due to excessive sleepiness
  •             Observed sleep apnoea on a regular basis and significant cardiovascular co-morbidities conditions
  • Exclude major depression
  • Refer for investigation at the Southern Sleep centre
  • Qaseem A et al. Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Adults: A Clinical {Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians. American College of Physicians, Nov 2012.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Australasian Sleep Association. http://www.sleep.org.au/documents/item/78
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Download and fax through our referral to make a sleep study booking

Bookings

Sleep studies can be booked and patient appointments made by calling the Southern Sleep number located on our request form and/or faxing the request form.

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0405 096 996

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FAX

(08) 8177 0689

Arranging a Study

Southern Sleep accepts referrals from both general practitioners and specialists. Bookings can be made by calling our number or by simply faxing the completed and signed referral to our office fax number

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PHONE

0405 096 996

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FAX

(08) 8177 0689

Referrals should be accompanied by Epworth Sleepiness Score (ESS) and STOP-BANG or OSA-50 questionnaires (available from the download area on this site). Upon receipt your referral will be reviewed by one of our medical specialists, after which our friendly administrative staff will contact you to make the booking.

We accept any signed referral forms by a medical practitioner. Southern Sleep referral forms and questionnaire are available for download from our website or can be ordered by calling our office.

Medical practitioners can order our referral form pads using our fax order form. We will send you an information pack which includes everything you need to know about your sleep study along with a questionnaire which is to be completed and mailed back to us prior to your study. After detailed analysis of the data from your study and report by a sleep specialist, your results can be sent back directly to your referring doctor and a consultation with one of our specialists will be arranged.