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Belfast Trust calls in 2,500 patients for review after consultant neurologist investigation

3 May 2018

The Belfast Trust has called in 2,500 patients for a review after an investigation into the work of a consultant neurologist.

Concerns were raised about Dr Michael Watt’s treatment plans and diagnoses by other doctors. After this, his work was investigated by the trust and the Royal College of Physicians.

This resulted in 2,500 people who received treatment from Dr Watt being asked to come in for a review. They were being treated for a number of conditions, including epilepsy and MS.

Danny Tozer inquest finds no neglect in care, but unsatisfactory communication with family

3 May 2018

An inquest into the death of a 36-year-old man with epilepsy found that he died of natural causes.

Danny Tozer had epilepsy, autism and a learning disability. He was a resident at a supported living home when, in 2015, he died after having a seizure. The coroner concluded that Danny died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Zentiva sodium valproate discontinued in the UK

17 Apr 2018

Zentiva has stopped making the following medicines:

   - Sodium Valproate Zentiva 200mg gastro-resistant tablets
   - Sodium Valproate Zentiva 500mg gastro-resistant tablets
   - Sodium Valproate Zentiva 200 mg/5 ml liquid

If you take this version of sodium valproate, you’ll need to switch to another version. If you have any concerns about this, speak to your doctor, epilepsy nurse or pharmacist.

The man with the memoirs: Time well spent with epilepsy

11 Apr 2018

I don’t know if readers know this about me, but I’ve written a few books about my life with epilepsy. My latest book, entitled ‘Time Well Spent with Epilepsy’, was published this year and is out now.

As a person with epilepsy for over 60 years I had not read personal accounts of coping with the condition. Rather than giving a medical view of epilepsy, I was keen to show that people could have a successful career and a successful family life while coping with epilepsy.

Brexit Health Alliance urges Brexit negotiators to put patients first

9 Apr 2018

The Brexit Health Alliance has warned that people may face long delays in getting new medicines as a result of Brexit. Research cooperation and access to clinical trials may also be affected, the organisation said.

The alliance is urging Brexit negotiators to prioritise patients and public health during the second phase of negotiations.

Southern Health Trust fined £2m over breaching health and safety laws in cases of Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin

9 Apr 2018

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £2m following the preventable deaths of two patients in its care.

Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk both died at facilities run by the trust in 2012 and 2013. Connor, who was 18, drowned in the bath at Slade House in Oxford, following an epileptic seizure.