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Epilepsy care improvements

8th February 2008

A new strategy to help improve the care offered to people with epilepsy in Wales has been unveiled.

The Welsh Assembly government has announced measures that it hopes will reduce the incidence of epilepsy but also help people self-manage their condition.

In what it believes is the first strategy of its kind in the UK, the assembly also wants initiatives to see that there is prompt diagnosis and treatment of the illness. Other measures include proposals to reduce hospital admissions by making care available closer to where people live.

Evidence has shown that if medication procedures are well managed, they can help about 70% of patients to remain free of seizures.

The assembly wants the proposals to go out to consultation by early May, for every Local Health Board in Wales to draw up a local action plan for epilepsy by this September, and have multi-disciplinary teams in place by March 2009.

Health and social care professional and other specialist groups have developed the plan along with the All-Wales Epilepsy Forum, which has said it is keen to see the initiative implemented.

Forum Chair Ann Reynolds said: “If the plans are implemented fully we believe they should lead to real improvements in epilepsy services and have a positive impact for people with epilepsy in Wales.?

Figures show that up to 30,000 people live with a condition that is the most common neurological disorder in Wales. There are 1,500 news cases and 1,000 deaths every year from it across the UK.

 

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Article Information

Title: Epilepsy care improvements
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5572
Date Added: 8th Feb 2008

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