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Visit the information section of our website, call the UK Freephone helpline on 0808 800 5050 or use the email helpline.

Head office address

New Anstey House
Gate Way Drive
Yeadon, LEEDS
LS19 7XY
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  • Phone: 0113 210 8800 (UK) or +44 (0)113 210 8800 (international)
  • Fax: 0113 391 0300 (UK) or +44 (0)113 391 0300 (international)
  • Email: epilepsy@epilepsy.org.uk

Press office for journalists

  • Press office phone: 0113 210 8870 (UK) or +44 (0)113 210 8870 (international)
  • Press office email: press@epilepsy.org.uk

Getting to head office

Epilepsy Action's headquarters are in Yeadon, nine miles north-west of Leeds city centre.

By car

Yeadon is on the A65 Leeds to Ilkley road.  Epilepsy Action's headquarters are on Gate Way Drive, off Whack House Lane.

By train

The nearest railway station is at Guiseley (no taxi rank, local taxi numbers) 1½ miles away.

Leeds city centre station (9 miles away) is served by direct trains from most major cities across the UK and is around 30 minutes away by taxi (rank at the station entrance, fares around £20).

By cycle

Use the Cycle Streets journey planner to find the best route to cycle to our head office. 

By air

Leeds-Bradford International Airport is only 2½ miles away. Direct scheduled flights are available to/from many British and European cities.

By bus

Yeadon is served by a number of bus routes. The easiest way to find the right bus to our offices is by using the Metro journey planner.

  • To/from Leeds city centre and Kirkstall: buses 33 and 33a
  • To/from Harrogate: 747
  • To/fron Otley: 33a
  • To/from Horsforth railway station and Headingley: 97
  • To/from Bradford: 737 (via Shipley) and 747 (via Greengates)
  • To/from Guiseley: 33, 33a, 97 and 737

Comments: read the 13 comments or add yours


Just read an article regarding something Tweeter took down as it diplayed flashing lights that could be dangerous to those with photosenstivity, a Mr Wigglesworth commented that it was irresponsibile of tweeter to even have this as it is dangerous
Might i remind Mr Wigglesworth that although it may be dangerous, if you are not aware of the danger you are no way irresponsible, he is in no position to call anyone irresponsible, i feel he, as an educated man, is irresponsible for not making the public aware before making a degrading comment as he did

Submitted by Jim Roberts on

Dear Mr. Roberts
Thank you for contacting us about the recent incident when we contacted Twitter asking them to take down some videos, which posed a risk to people with photosensitive epilepsy.

UK advertising standards state that any marketing communications that a company produce should not cause harm or offence. Guidelines say that marketers must take particular care not to include in their marketing communications visual effects or techniques that are likely to adversely affect members of the public with photosensitive epilepsy. Twitter should be familiar with these standards and the fact that any communications they produce need to meet them. Based on this I stand by my comment that they were irresponsible.

I felt it was important to highlight the breach of these standards to minimise the risks to everyone with photosensitive epilepsy and to raise awareness of the condition.

Simon Wigglesworth

Submitted by Simon, Epilepsy... on

Hey I've been on epllim 500mg medication for two years and been seizure free I've started reducing my medication given by the doctor I'll be of medication in July what are the chances I will have another fit I had 5 seizures before going on medication with such a little dose and been seizure free for two years does this mean the overall outcome will mean I'm seizure free

Submitted by Thomas on

Dear sir/madam,
Having read your home page & subsequent pages.of your website, I thought if your management can consider to any subscription-free charges for poor families who would like to receive some sort of magazine or newsletter , like other institution like Stroke Association, Diabetic Association & other charitable sociaties .
Thank you for reading my feedback.

Submitted by B.Dholakia on

Hi Bob
Thank you for your query. Unfortunately, we do not offer Free membership subscriptions, but the good news is, that we do offer a Reduced Rate subscription at just  £12 per annum . You will find more details of this on our website.

You can also sign up for our Free e-action newsletter by visiting our website homepage www.epilepsy.org.uk the sign up is in a blue box on the right-hand side of our homepage or you can email eaction@epilepsy.org.uk

We also publish our news and Information for free on the website, so please do have a look.

Thank you for getting in touch.

Kind Regards
Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Louise Brook, E... on

My sister committed suicide in 2003.She was diagnosed as bipolar.It must have been seizures because she used to get abnormal movements of her neck and altered sensorium with moans,psychic groans.EEG was not taken,so we will never know now.

Submitted by Ramesh on

I am an epileptic adult and just found out nurses evaluating p.i.p claims dont judge epilepsy as a disabilty, this came as a suprise and am looking forward to homelessness as with fits and other behavour problems from both epilepsy and always being part of social class that financialy poor working unlikely. At which point did tories decide epilepsy not disability? and goodluck to another other epileptics facing this problem.

Submitted by Craig B on

want to know why still waiting for licence after 6month handed all medicals in so why have i not heard anything yet

Submitted by john cose smith... on

Hello John
We are hearing from many people that there seems to be a backlog of applications. Maybe you could try calling them to ask see if they can tell you what is causing the delay.

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Karen, Epilepsy... on

I am epileptic and have nocturnal auras for the last 10 years for which I am granted a three licence. The other day I fainted in the daytime. Not knowing quite what it was I acted too quickly and told the DVLA it was an aura. I went to see my neurologist who said that I could drive and that it was indeed a faint and wrote a letter to the DVLA verifying this. They now say they have sent my case to the doctor's panel who say you can be issued with a one year licence, a three year licence or a ban. They take six months to reply and I am distressed and upset. Would you know whether there is a chance of getting my licence back.

Thank you

Submitted by Rosalind Wilson on

Dear Rosalind

Thank you for your further contact with Epilepsy Action.

As previously discussed, unfortunately we have no control over the DVLA and their procedures.  So this means we cannot offer any further information on your situation.

It would be best to talk to the DVLA.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Diane-Epilepsy ... on

Sorry to mither. Can lamotrigine cause chest pain

Submitted by Marie on


Lamotrigine, as a side-effect, can cause pain in your back, joints or elsewhere. 

If you are still having chest pains it would be best to talk to your GP or NHS 111 so they can rule out any other medical reason for this.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

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