Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition defined by recurrent seizures which occur because of a surge of electrical activity within the brain. Seizures can happen when you are awake or sleeping and can cause changes in consciousness, awareness, behaviour or feelings.
Paediatric Epilepsy Service
We support children and their families following a diagnosis of epilepsy. We also offer support within educational establishments to ensure that all needs are met within day to day life.
We look after children from 0-16 years old, but sometimes care for young people up to 19 years old if they are still under the care of a paediatrician.
We care for children and young people with a diagnosis of epilepsy but also support families who use medication to manage febrile seizures.
Our services include:
- Child and family support following diagnosis and until patients move to adult services.
- Advice about epilepsy and how this impacts on lifestyle issues, eg, education, jobs, driving etc.
- Family training in the use of medication and emergency management of seizures
- Educational support for staff - training around epilepsy and relevant medications. Compilation of individualised health care plans.
How do I refer/access the service?
Referrals are accepted from - GP’s, school nurses, health visitors, other specialist nurses and self referrals.
Specialist epilepsy nurse: 01625 661022
Out of hours
Children’s Ward: 01625 661080