The Sleep Medicine Department at our hospital in Galway is a fully equipped, dedicated facility with a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of sleep services and disorders including sleep apnoea.
We offer expert care using the latest state of the art equipment with exacting adherence to international guidelines (American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Irish sleep Society).
Patients with sleep related breathing disorders most commonly present with snoring, witnessed breathing pauses and daytime sleepiness. The latter often affects work/school and driving performance. Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) and related sleep/breathing disorders affects over 4% of Irish adults with significant commodities in terms of hypertension, cardiac disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and driving risk.
The Road Safety Authority “Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines” of January 2013 recognises the 3 fold increased rate of motor vehicle accidents in untreated OSAS patients. OSAS is now a specified disorder in Irish driver licensing applications requiring medical certification before a license is issued.
Studies are conducted at the hospital, on an inpatient basis and are non-invasive.
Where appropriate, limited domiciliary studies can be arranged to suit the patients preference.
Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust (ISAT): www.isat.ie
American Academy of Sleep Medicine: www.sleepeducation.com
Road Safety Authority: www.rsa.ie
Dr Imran Saleem undertook his specialist training in Respiratory and General Medicine on the Irish Higher Medical Training Programme in major academic centres in Dublin and Galway.
Dr Saleem is enrolled on the Specialist Register of the Irish Medical Council in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine. He previously worked as Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine at University Hospital, Galway and Roscommon. His areas of special interest are Sleep Apnea, COPD, Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Interstitial Lung Disease and Chronic Cough. He also receives General Medicine Referrals.
A referral letter is required to be sent from your GP by post or healthlink referral system to the relevant consultant.