Patients can breathe easy with new kit

IPSWICH: Fundraisers have presented Ipswich Hospital with new specialist equipment to help with the treatment of people who stop breathing while sleeping.

IPSWICH: Fundraisers have presented Ipswich Hospital with new specialist equipment to help with the treatment of people who stop breathing while sleeping.

The �3,500 machine, an oxipulse sleep capnograph, was provided to the chest clinic department by members of the Breathe Easy Ipswich British Lung Foundation volunteer support group and will enable consultants to lead the way in dealing with the illness.

The condition is called sleep apnoea in which the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep, causing a person to stop breathing.

The person wakes briefly to start breathing before falling back to sleep again - this can happen hundreds of times a night and cause sleep to be very fragmented, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired alertness and headaches.

In addition, other items of equipment, including pulse finger probes and a machine to measure blood pressure, were also donated.