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Dr Simon Merritt

Consultant in Respiratory, General and Sleep Medicine
BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP

Practising at

Spire Sussex Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Simon Merritt at Spire include:

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Professional profile

I 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 my general medical training in East London, I undertook specialist training at the Kent and Sussex, Lewisham, St. Thomas' and Conquest Hospitals.

During my time at St.Thomas' I spent three years working in the internationally renown Sleep Disorders Centre and the Lane Fox Unit. I carried out innovative research into the connection between OSA and severe Diabetic Retinopathy, and also into the physiology of breathing in the very obese.

I am dual accredited in General (Internal ) Medicine and Respiratory Medicine. I am currently on the sleep section committee of the Royal Society of Medicine. In addition to the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory and sleep disorders, I am also interested in screening for OSA in high risk patients.

I have for some time been frustrated with the patchy nature of services to treat Insomnia within this part of the UK. I have therefore joined forces with a local cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and has developed a state of the art evidence based course of treatment for Insomnia. Further information visit www.insomnia-treatment.co.uk.

I am currently a full time Consultant in Respiratory, General and Sleep Medicine at the Conquest Hospital and am happy to receive referrals on all aspects of respiratory and sleep medicine.


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.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

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

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Current NHS posts

. Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Conquest Hospital, Hastings.

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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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Private contact details

Private secretary Teresa Petit-Hayes
Private secretary telephone 01424 757437
Private secretary fax 01424 757453