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Sleep Service Staffing Issues - Delays to Review and Treatment

Two sleep physiologists have recently left the Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty Sleep Service. Although the department is actively recruiting, at present they are working with a skeleton staff.

As such, please be aware that there are likely to be delays to your referrals for suspected sleep apnoea.
There are private sleep studies available in the Bay of Plenty.
If your patient is already known to the Sleep Service and has equipment, compliance or mask problems please advise them to contact the Sleep Disorder Unit Helpline on 0800 267 999.
If you want to check the status of an existing referral to the Sleep Service, please telephone the Patient Information Centre instead of sending another referral, as this slows down the triage process greatly. The PIC is available on 0800 333 4 77 and is open to both GPs and patients.

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