Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)


The sleep disordered breathing service primarily investigates and treats patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when the muscles in the throat relax when you sleep, causing narrowing or a temporary blockage of the throat. It is normal for the airway to narrow occasionally when you sleep, however those with moderate or severe sleep apnoea often experience sleepiness, daytime napping and reduced energy/alertness in the day, and may benefit from treatment.

The service is overseen by the Respiratory Consultants and led by the Respiratory/Sleep Physiologists from the Clinical Measurements department.

Other sleep conditions, including narcolepsy, insomnia, REM sleep disorders and parasomnias, should be referred to the Neurology team.

More on what we do

The Sleep apnoea team provide the following services:

  • Home sleep studies
  • Home oximetry studies
  • Trial of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
  • Long-term support of patients registered with the service


The service provides CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) treatment for patients with moderate or severe sleep apnoea.

Our team

Respiratory Consultants

  • Dr Patel
  • Dr Bakere
  • Dr Burden
  • Dr Whitehead

Respiratory/Sleep Physiology team

  • Ian Martin – Lead Respiratory/Sleep Physiologist

The team also includes two Senior Physiologists, a Trainee Physiologist and an Assistant Physiologist.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Clinical Measurements (Level 2, Area D)

Please note we are unable to offer a walk-in service

Contact us

You can contact the team on either 1392 402140 or rde-tr.SleepRequests@nhs.net.

Patient leaflets and documents


Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

Information for healthcare professionals

Referral to Respiratory Medicine

E-Referral Service Selection

  • Specialty: Sleep Medicine
  • Clinic Type: Sleep Apnoea/Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Service: DRSS-Western-Sleep Medicine-Devon CCG-15N


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