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REMEDY : BNSSG referral pathways

First Seizure Clinic - NBT

Checked: 22-03-2018 by katy.kearley Next Review: 22-03-2019

Service Overview

This service is run by the Neurology department at NBT. The clinic is run by Dr Howard Faulkner, a Consultant Neurologist with specialist training in Epilepsy with support from Epilepsy Specialist Nurses. The clinic will endeavor to see patients within 2 weeks* of referral in line with the NICE guidance. Please note this is not a syncope or dizzy clinic and in order to see patients with first seizures rapidly they will unfortunately have to reject such referrals.

The service hopes that this clinic will represent a significant improvement in service and will offer patients a rapid and specialist assessment after a first seizure.

*STOP PRESS (December 2018)- current waits for first seizure clinic are well in excess of 2 weeks. If a referrer is worried about a particular patient then the Referral Service advises that the on call neurology registrar is contacted for advice.

Referral Guidance

Referrals must be made using the First Seizure Clinic referral form (word doc) and can now be submitted via e-Referral.

The Patient Information Sheet (word doc) is to be printed and given to the patient.

Patients must fulfil ALL of these criteria:

  • Above 16 years old

  • New onset seizures or blackouts (Syncope should not be referred)

  • Patient has made a full recovery from event

  • Not under a neurologist for seizures/blackouts (please refer back to the team involved)

  • Patient information sheet given out

Please note this is not a syncope or dizzy clinic and in order to see patients with first seizures rapidly we will unfortunately have to reject such referrals.