High praise for epilepsy unit

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Government minister applauds leading charity for its efforts supporting people with epilepsy 

7th March 2016 by Robert Armour 1 Comment

A state-of-the-art epilepsy unit run by a leading charity has been praised by the Scottish government for improving people’s lives.

Shona Robison, the cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, visited Quarriers’ Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan, Glasgow, to see for herself the life-saving work it undertakes.

The £6.4 million centre is the only one of its kind in Scotland, offering assessment for people with complex epilepsy and diagnosis where the condition is uncertain.

As one of Europe’s leading epilepsy facilities Robison was given an insight into the centre’s operations including its unique video monitoring technology which allows specialists to determine more efficiently if a patient has the condition.

Robinson said: “The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre is the first of its kind to offer an enhanced service which will significantly improve quality of life for those living with the condition.

“The centre is a great example of the third sector and NHS Scotland working together to build and deliver world-class services to people with epilepsy, providing a unique care package for patients.”

The centre is a great example of the third sector and NHS Scotland working together

Quarriers head of epilepsy services, Gerard Gahagan led the tour for Robison and introduced her to patients who were able to share their experiences at the centre.

“Epilepsy is more than just a medical condition. Left unmanaged, it can impact on every aspect of life-education, employment, relationships, self-confidence and self-esteem. The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre ensures people with epilepsy in Scotland and further afield benefit from some of the most advance assessment and diagnosis technology in the world.”

The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre was opened by the now First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, in 2013.  

Charity founder William Quarrier first became interested in the plight of those living with epilepsy in the 1900s when a colony of mercy was established in Quarrier’s Village. Since the colony was set up in 1906 the charity has treated thousands of patients.

7th March 2016 by Ann Maxwell

I am sure that the Scittish Epilepsy Centre does provide valuable support to some people who are struggling with seizures of one form or another. Sadly, they were unable to help my 19 year old son with state of the art video telemetry and a needs assessment when I asked them due to lack of expertise in the area of severe epilepsy syndromes with early onset in infancy. My son has Dravet Syndrome. The consultant I spoke to on the telephone admitted they were not experienced enough in the area of complex epilepsies where the onset was in infancy.