ENT TESTS

 

Sleep study (Polysomnography)

Why?

These studies are used to assess patients with sleep problems especially obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Untreated OSA is a potentially serious condition that can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and other cardiovascular disease, headaches, memory problems and weight gain.

How?

Full polysomnography requires an overnight stay in hospital or a sleep laboratory and is therefore a expensive investigation. The patient is fitted with various devices to record breathing function, body position, abdominal wall muscle movements and blood oxygen levels for a period of several hours. The results are recorded together and analysed on a computer. The number of apnoeic events, when the patient stops breathing for more than 10 seconds, and hypopnoeic events, when airflow is reduced by 50%, are recorded with blood oxygen saturation. These measures allow sleep apnoea to be diagnosed and the severity quantified.

Home sleep studies are a useful, less expensive alternative screening assessment.

Self-pay and insured patients are welcome

The Harley Street ENT Clinic has agreed contractual rates with most health insurance companies such as United Healthcare Global, Aviva, Allianz Worldwide Care, Bupa, CIGNA, Simplyhealth, Standard Life (PruHealth), Aetna International and WPA amongst others.

We also deal directly with the insurance companies saving you the trouble of paying first and then reclaiming.

Patients funding their own treatment will be provided with consultation fees and the potential cost of onward treatment at the time of booking their appointment.