Consultant Profile

Dr Simon Merritt

Dr Simon Merritt BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP
Practicing at:
Spire Sussex Hospital
  • Respiratory Medicine
    • Chest Medicine
    • Sleep disorders
Special clinical interests:

Respiratory Medicine - Asthma, COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Embolism, Pleural effusion, Chronic cough, Bronchiectasis, Non Invasive Ventilation, Neuromuscular weakness with respiratory failure, Pleural Disease and Bronchoscopy.

Sleep Medicine -  Insomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Obesity Hypoventilation (OHS), Narcolepsy, Idiopathic Hypersomnolence, REM Behaviour Disorder, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Sleep Walking.

General Medicine

Medico-legal Reports

Research interests:

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Diabetes
Obesity and breathing

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Conquest Hospital, Hastings

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

British Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
British Sleep Society - member of executive committee
American Academy Sleep Medicine
Royal Society Medicine 
Royal College Physicians

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01424 757454
Private secretary:
Private secretary telephone number:
01424 757457
Private secretary fax:
01424 757453
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Thursday afternoon and weekday evenings by arrangement
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Merritt trained at United Medical and Dental School of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, London gaining a BSc in Psychology , before graduating with Honours in 2000. After completing his general medical training in East London, he undertook his specialist training at the Kent and Sussex, Lewisham, St. Thomas' and Conquest Hospitals.

During his time at St.Thomas' Dr Merritt spent three years working in the internationally renown Sleep Disorders Centre and the Lane Fox Unit. He carried out innovative research into the connection between OSA and severe Diabetic Retinopathy, and also into the physiology of breathing in the very obese. He is dual accredited in General (Internal ) Medicine and Respiratory Medicine. Dr Merritt is currently on the sleep section committee of the Royal Society of Medicine. In addition to the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory and sleep disorders, Dr Merritt is also interested in screening for OSA in high risk patients. Dr Merritt has for some time been frustrated with the patchy nature of services to treat Insomnia within this part of the UK.  He has therefore joined forces with a local cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and has developed a state of the art evidence based course of treatment for Insomnia.  Further information is available by emailing Dr Merritt using the details above or by referring to

Dr Merritt is currently a full time Consultant in Respiratory, General and Sleep Medicine at the Conquest Hospital and is happy to recieve referrals on all aspects of respiratory and sleep medicine.

Personal profile:

When he isn't working Simon enjoys spending time with his wife and watching his young daughters grow up. He enjoys going for walks in the countryside and swimming as a family. Simon also enjoys gardening, sailing and scuba diving.

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Dr Simon Merritt

Dr Simon Merritt, Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

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