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Sleep Lab Suspended 

FAQ: Cornwall Community Hospital is no longer able to keep their sleep services open and operational. We are currently in the process of contacting any patients waiting for an appointment and local physicians about this change. We hope that the information below will address any questions you may have.

Q: Why is CCH suspending this service at this time?

A: After many years of dedicated service, the two physicians previously supporting the service have resigned their hospital privileges. We had originally suspended the service temporarily, hoping to recruit the medical support required for the program. These efforts were unsuccessful. Without a certified sleep physician supervising the program, patients cannot receive proper diagnosis and/or treatment.

Q: Why are patients referred for sleep services?

A: Studies completed at a Sleep Lab assist doctors in diagnosing sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep or difficulty staying awake during the day.

Q:  How would someone access services at a Sleep Lab?

A: Sleep lab services are accessed on a physician referral. We are working to ensure that local physicians are aware of our situation and assisting with ensuring access to other sleep labs. We have been working with our partners within the region including Winchester District Memorial Hospital to ensure that patients from our community have access to sleep laboratory services.

Q: How many patients will be affected by the suspension?

 A: We see approximately 600 patients per year in the sleep lab. If you were referred to the sleep lab and you are waiting for an appointment, you and your physician will be provided with information on how and where you can receive these services.

Q: How long will I need to wait for a sleep test?

 A: The wait times for services can vary. Recent inquiries suggest that current wait times range from 2 weeks to 8 months. Previous wait times at Cornwall Hospital were as long as 12 months. The waits are impacted by the number of available beds to conduct sleep studies. Cornwall hospital only had a capacity for three (3) beds at its sleep lab.

Q: If these services can be provided at other sites why can we not provide them at Cornwall Hospital? 

A: The previous model of care at Cornwall Community Hospital included hospital staff as well as physicians with privileges at the hospital. Today, we do not have physicians with the expertise to provide the service. Some of our partners within the region, including Winchester District Memorial Hospital, contract these services out to a private provider. This option is not possible for Cornwall Hospital as it would mean additional unfunded operating costs. The hospital does not have the extra resources/dollars to provide unfunded services.

Q: Have staff been impacted by this closure of service?

 A: Unfortunately, yes. 2 full time staff members and 3 part time staff members were affected by this change.

Q:  Who do I contact if I have any further questions or I need to contact someone about the former sleep clinic at CCH?

 A: You can contact the Diagnostic Services Department at 613-938-4240 ext 2340.



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