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Epilepsy facts
  • Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, known as fits.
  • Epilepsy affects more than 500,000 people in the UK.
  • This means almost 1 in 100 people has the condition.
Epilepsy usually begins during childhood although it can start at any age.


Information for epilepsy patients

Our epilepsy nurse specialists are Marianne Peachey, Naomi Baxter and Wendy Turner.

The team runs four epilepsy outpatient clinics a week, including an evening clinic for patients who work during the day.

It also has a five day a week patient helpline 01473 704046 which receives more than 1,000 calls a year and a support email address – epilepsy.helpline@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

The team looks after any patients under the care of the consultant neurologists and can accept direct referrals from other hospital consultants, GPs or other health professionals.

The team:

  • sees newly diagnosed patients;
  • supervises medication changes;
  • writes care plans for buccal midazolam rescue medication;
  • trains carers;
  • reviews pregnant women with epilepsy;
  • provides specialist help for patients with learning disabilities, elderly patients and oncology patients;
  • accepts ward referrals to support patients while in hospital; and
  • holds transition clinics for paediatric patients from the age of 16.
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