Epilepsy is not a priority for local healthcare decision makers in England according to a new report, published today by national charity Epilepsy Action. This is despite the fact that epilepsy is one of the most common serious neurological conditions in England, affecting 500,000 people and costing an estimated £2 billion each year(i).
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A group of children, who have epilepsy, are the stars of a new DVD for families affected by epilepsy. The DVD, produced by charity Epilepsy Action, includes the stories of five children, aims to provide parents of children affected by epilepsy with information about brain surgery. Surgery can be an effective treatment for some children with epilepsy as it can help stop a child’s seizures, or reduce the number of seizures they have.
People with epilepsy in Torbay and South Devon are set to benefit from better epilepsy care thanks to the appointment of a new epilepsy Sapphire Nurse. The new nurse post, which is funded by national charity Epilepsy Action for the first year, is helping to improve the lives of adults with epilepsy across the area. Around 51,000 people are living with epilepsy in the south west.