Epilepsy 

Coronavirus and epilepsy

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The information is prepared by the Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery epilepsy consultants.


The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) has one of the largest, most comprehensive programmes in Europe for the evaluation and medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy.

Our multi-disciplinary team of world-leading experts includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-psychiatrists and neurophysiologists – working closely with epilepsy nurse specialists, neuro-psychologists and other specialities within the NHNN.

Based at Queen Square in central London and Chalfont St-Peter – and also locally within Camden  the epilepsy group works within UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and has close links with UCL Institute of Neurology and UCL Partners, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

These links allow the epilepsy group to evaluate and treat the widest range of patients – ranging from individuals seeking diagnosis after their first seizure – to more complex cases, including those for whom epilepsy forms only part of a broader medical or surgical condition.

Summary of services

The Epilepsy Group at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and Sir William Gowers Centre in Chalfont St-Peter provides a comprehensive service for patients with epilepsy and for those with suspected seizures.

Outpatient services

First seizure clinic – assessment of up to 10 new patients per week with suspected first seizure, usually referred from Emergency Department.

Epilepsy out-patient clinics at NHNN and Sir William Gowers Centre in Chalfont St-Peter – assessment of suspected seizures, investigation of newly-diagnosed epilepsy, medical management and surgical management of epilepsy (see Guide for patients considering epilepsy surgery) as well as second opinions.

Obstetric-neurology clinic at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital – monitoring and advice given to women with epilepsy who are pregnant

Epilepsy nurse led clinics – at NHNN and Sir William Gowers Centre in Chalfont St-Peter

In-patient services
Following consultation with a consultant neurologist / epileptologist at NHNN, patients can be admitted for prolonged EEG and simultaneous video-recording to the Jules Thorn 7-bed telemetry unit at NHNN.  This unit provides a diagnostic service and also forms an essential component of the epilepsy surgery programme.

The Sir William Gowers Assessment and Treatment Centre in Chalfont St-Peter is a 26 bed facility which offers video-EEG telemetry, MRI, drug level monitoring, neurology, neuropsychiatry and psychology, and admits 1000 patients per year from all over the UK and Ireland for in-depth multidisciplinary assessment and treatment.

Prof John Duncan Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Dominic Heaney Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Prof Sanjay Sisodiya Epilepsy
Prof Matthew Walker Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery, Sleep neurology service
Dr Beate Diehl Epilepsy, Neurophysiology
Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Sanjeev Rajakulendran (Raj) Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Sofia Eriksson Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery, Sleep neurology service
Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan Epilepsy
Prof Ley Sander Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Prof Matthias Koepp Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Fahmida Amin Chowdhury Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Meneka Kaur Sidhu Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Simona Balestrini Epilepsy

 Contact details

Other information

Patient enquiries

Telephone: 0203 448 8625 / 0203 448 8619 / 020 3448 8609 / 0203 448 8623 (NHNN)
Telephone: 01494 601435 (Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy)

Fax: 020 3448 8615 (London)
Fax: 01494  874136 (Chalfont)

GP enquiries
Telephone: 0203 448 8625 / 0203 448 8619 / 020 3448 8609 / 0203 448 8623 (NHNN)
Telephone: 01494 601435 (Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy)

Fax: 020 3448 8615 (London)
Fax: 01494  874136 (Chalfont)

Epilepsy nurse helpline (current UCLH patients only)

Telephone: 020 3448 8627 (voicemail)
Email: uclh.epilepsy@nhs.net

Other information

London team
Epilepsy
Box 29
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

Chalfont team
Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy (www.epilepsysociety.org.uk)
Chalfont St Peter
Bucks, SL9 OLR

Private Health Care at UCLH
Telephone
: 020 3448 8948
https://qsprivatehealthcare.com

Visiting Doctors
If you wish to spend some time with our team, please contact an individual consultant direct.

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