Our specialist epilepsy service is for children up to the age of 16 living with epilepsy in the boroughs of Barnet and Enfield.
Whether you are newly diagnosed with epilepsy or have been living with the condition for some time our expert team will assess, investigate, manage and monitor disease progression.
Care is provided by two consultant pediatricians who have a special interest and expertise in childhood epilepsy and our specialist epilepsy nurses.
We also have established links with neurology services in line with the current national guidance for epilepsy; our consultants and nurses provide regular reviews for patients in our face-to-face joint clinics. Nurses also support patients via telephone between appointments if required.
If your child is not under our team and you are concerned about episodes that they are having please see your GP in the first instance who can refer you to our service if further advice is required.
GPs should make referrals via the NHS e-Referral service.
We run a first seizure clinic at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital, to review any child who has been referred with a definite first or probable seizure. We see patients with epilepsy for regular follow-up appointments.
Our epilepsy nurses offer all families with newly diagnosed epilepsy an appointment in their nurse-led clinic, and offer help with aspects of living with epilepsy.
The epilepsy nurses support the epilepsy consultants by discussing information that has already been given to you and your family. They can review the management of epilepsy via telephone reviews or in the epilepsy nurse clinic, as well as being a point of contact between consultations if required.
Epilepsy nurses can provide further information advice and support regarding:
- epilepsy and its management, giving advice to patients, family, carers and other health professionals about how to manage individual epilepsy needs
- understanding and coping with the diagnosis
- management and self-care
- medication and its side effects
- emergency medication
- safety and first aid
- social and leisure activities and travel
- lifestyle and social Issues for teenagers (alcohol intake, drugs, sexual health, sleep deprivation, family planning and pregnancy)
- driving regulations
- sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
- national association contact details and support groups
- referral to mental health services.