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Press release – March 14 2019
Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition affecting 1 in 103 people in the UK – meaning there are more than 1,400 people with a diagnosis of epilepsy in Herefordshire.
The good news is that 70 per cent of those diagnosed can live their lives seizure-free with the right medication and support.
Wye Valley NHS Trust’s two specialist epilepsy nurses Raechel (CORRECT) Robinson (adults) and Caroline Amos (children) are working to raise awareness of epilepsy and will be busy on “Purple Day” Tuesday, March 26, which is international epilepsy day.
They are organising a stand in the main reception at Hereford County Hospital where visitors can ask questions, seek advice and guidance, pick up some literature and even be referred for a consultation if appropriate.
“As well as epilepsy, it’s important that people are aware of other conditions such as functional neurological disorder (FND) - or non-epileptic attacks (NEAD),” said Raechel.
“This is an opportunity to come along and find out more about how you can help others or how to get support and improve your quality of life if you have these conditions,” said Raechel.
“There is still a stigma around epilepsy and part of my job is to increase public knowledge and improve understanding to as many people as possible so this stigma can be challenged and changed. Having a diagnosis whether it’s NEAD/FND or Epilepsy can be life changing but there is support available.
“If you’ve got any questions or concerns about epilepsy or you just need someone to talk to if it has affected you or your family, please pop in to the hospital’s main reception on March 26 for a chat,” added Raechel.
Raechel Robinson (left) and Caroline Amos – going purple on March 26 to raise awareness of epilepsy in Herefordshire
Note to editors
Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond.
The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
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Wye valley NHS Trust communications team 01432 372928 or 01432 355444 x5105.