Opened by Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, the Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep offers a range of diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with sleep problems.
From snoring to sexsonmia, sleep apnoea to narcolepsy, our expert consultants diagnose and treat all manner of sleep disorders to help patients get a restful night’s sleep.
The importance of sleep
Sleep medicine has been one of the most rapidly growing areas in respiratory medicine for more than a decade. It is estimated that one quarter of the population suffers from some form of sleep disorder.
Lack of sleep not only adversely affects daytime activities due to lack of concentration, low mood and irritability, but can also damage our health. Sleep apnoea, for example, can increase the risk of high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke and heart attack; whilst poor sleep patterns can triple the chances of heart failure.
Treating over 7,000 patients to date, the Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep is one of the most experienced sleep units in Europe. Following a one-to-one consultation with one of our expert sleep consultants, patients will typically undergo a sleep study either at home, or within the sleep centre, to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. This may involve a simple respiratory test or a more detailed monitoring of sleep quality (polysomnography).
Once diagnosed, patients will receive a customised care plan, which may involve lifestyle adjustments, medication, or treatment with equipment such as continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) or mandibular advancement splint (for sleep apnoea or snoring).
The Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep occupies the old Brompton Fire Station which was converted by renowned architects Floyd Slaski to meet the needs of our sleep patients.
The centre comprises a night and day section. The night section contains four sleep lab rooms, each with state-of-the-art sleep monitoring equipment, Wi-Fi, en suite bathroom and unique artwork provided by artist Steven Appleby.
The day area is for ambulatory patients, consultations and follow-up visits. Interestingly, the building’s architects were able to retain many of the original aspects of the old fire station – including the fireman’s pole. In fact, the centre’s innovative design gained worldwide recognition when it won a Design & Health International Academy award for ‘Use of Art in the Patient Environment’ in early July.