Epilepsy campaign targets seizure-free control for thousands

Patients with epilepsy will be encouraged to ask their GP for a treatment review as part of a campaign from a charity and the RCGP to help an extra 100,000 people with the condition become seizure-free.

Epilepsy: thousands more patients could be seizure-free (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)
Epilepsy: thousands more patients could be seizure-free (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)

The Seize Control campaign from Epilepsy Action and the college was launched as figures showed 288,000 patients experience seizures each year despite taking epilepsy medication. A total of 108,000 of these patients could become seizure-free with the right treatment, the charity said.

A Seizure Control toolkit will be offered to patients to encourage them to visit their GP if they still experience seizures despite taking medication.

The pack details available treatment options and helps patients make decisions about their care, including how to ask their GP for a treatment review with a specialist if not seizure-free.

Dr Greg Rogers, epilepsy clinical champion at the RCGP, said: 'Being free of seizures and unwanted side-effects is the ultimate goal of epilepsy treatment.

'Realistically with the current treatments available, it is not possible for everyone to become seizure-free. However, people with epilepsy have the right to expect that this will be the aim of their treatment.

'The Seize Control campaign resources are valuable tools in empowering people with epilepsy to visit their doctor about other treatments if they are not seizure-free.'

Nicole Crosby-McKenna, senior policy and campaigns officer at Epilepsy Action, said: 'Seizure freedom can improve a person’s quality of life and lead to better employment opportunities and improved social life and personal wellbeing.

'The first step on the path to seizure freedom for people with epilepsy who are not seizure-free is for them to visit their doctor and request a treatment review with an epilepsy specialist. We hope this campaign will encourage those people who are not seizure-free to play a more active role in their care by encouraging them to seek this review.'

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