Health services in the UK for people with epilepsy are not good enough. While some people receive high quality healthcare to help manage their epilepsy, others receive a poor service which does not meet their needs. This can mean long waiting times, limited access to epilepsy specialists and unplanned hospital admissions. It means that there are some people with epilepsy experiencing seizures, who could be seizure free with the right care and treatment.
Epilepsy Action wanted to find out about healthcare services for people with epilepsy to see where improvements are being made and where gaps still exist. In 2017, we made FOI requests to 244 health boards and provider trusts in the UK. Of those, 236 responded (97%). A total of 143 (61%) said that they provide a diagnostic, outpatient or surgical treatment service for people with epilepsy. We compared the findings with similar reports we produced in previous years to see if there have been any changes.