Exactly what happened to me albeit a long long time ago, i was diagnosed with OSA fitted with a machine and mask within a week results were almost instant and got the same advice from my consultant which was do NOT say anything until my follow up so that they had some data to make sure all was well however he made it very very clear DO NOT DRIVETeedee wrote:I’m new to the world of sleep apnoea, although I’ve probably been suffering from it for years without realising! I had a home sleep test last August, and after a couple of cancellations I got to see a consultant on 7th January this year. The test showed that I have severe sleep apnoea, with an AHI of 42.7 per hour, hypopnoea 35.2 per hour and average oxygen saturation of 87%.
Only five days later I attended the local NHS Sleep Clinic for a video presentation and mask fitting, and I now have a ResMed Autoset S9 sitting beside the bed. I’m very impressed with the speed at which this all happened.
On the first night of using the machine I had 7.1 hours sleep, an AHI of 0.0, and my wife enjoyed total silence throughout the night . . . such silence that she didn’t sleep, for fear that I had died! Subsequently I have used the machine for a further eight nights, and during this time my AHI has not exceeded 0.4, during an average sleep time of 7 hours. I am using nasal pillows, and thus far I have found them to be very comfortable.
The sleep nurse at the clinic advised that I should not inform the DVLA of my condition until I have returned to the clinic on 28th January, so I am optimistic that providing my results are maintained, my driving licence may not be in jeopardy! I would be interested to know what other people have experienced when dealing with the DVLA.
I would say at the moment that my overall experience has been excellent, and the folk at the Sleep Clinic are extremely supportive . . . no complaints from me!
£1000 fine blah blah blah for not telling them well maybe maybe not there are several posts on here that suggest that is not the case BUT have an accident then expect the book to be thrown at you. Whatever your results and they will prob be good you will be told regardless that you must tell the DVLA at the appointment
I didn't drive for almost 4 weeks but fortunately 2 of those weeks spanned christmas and i world from home for the other two all worked out well BUT DO NOT DRIVE then you wont have an accident and the CPAP will improve your quality of life no end, it saved my life and my career to be honest.