A CHARITY and a leading city health insurer have put their heads together to support a specialist sleep lab at a Sheffield hospital.
Westfield Health has made a £22,750 donation to Neurocare, which will be used to fund a new state-of-the-art sleep laboratory in the neuroscience department at the Hallamshire Hospital.
The new facility is believed to be the first of its kind in a NHS hospital outside London, and will help the lives of people from across the country who suffer from severe disorders such a sleep apnea and insomnia.
The lab is designed to look like a typical bedroom with a bed, duvet and nightstand to ensure patients are relaxed, but is free from disruptions such as light and sound.
From a control room, patients can be observed by neuroscience consultants using specialist equipment such as a polysomnography machine, which measures breathing and brainwave activity of individuals struggling to sleep.
Neurocare chief executive Patricia Mitchell said: “It would have been impossible to create such a wonderful sleep lab at the Hallamshire without the generous support from Westfield Health.
“We are delighted our plans for the lab have come to fruition and hope that more people receive a speedy diagnosis and successful treatment in future.
“There are very few sleep laboratories in the UK and again Neurocare is bringing new technology to Sheffield, helping keep our Neurosciences department at the forefront of medical expertise.”
Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, added: “This facility will make a real difference to people who are suffering from severe sleep disorders.”