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Paediatric Epilepsy Nurse Specialist

What is epilepsy?

  • Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures that start in the brain.
  • The brain uses electrical signals passing between neurones to send messages. Our brain is the ‘controlcentre’.
  • Interruption to these messages or a build up of electrical signals can lead to a seizure.
  • What an individual experiences during a seizure will depend on where in the brain the epileptic activity begins and how widely and rapidly it spreads.

Treatment of epilepsy

  • First line treatment for epilepsy is anti-epileptic medication
  • Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are prescribed to stop seizures occuring.
  • AEDs are not a cure for epilepsy.
  • There are over 20 different medications, which come in tablets, capsules, liquids, syrups, sprinkles.
  • Other treatments include:Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Surgery
  • Complimentary medicine

Who to contact

Parent organisation
Early Help Hub

Where to go

Children’s Services Care Management Centre
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill

Other details


Referral required
Referral details

Existing referrals Children's Services Care Management Centre on: 01872 221400

New referrals Early Help Hub: 01872 322277 

Please complete the attached referral form and return to the Early Help Hub.


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