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Derby epileptic patients set to have brain activity filmed during seizures

Published 03/10/2014
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Cutting-edge video technology, which captures brain activity during an epileptic seizure, is now available to Derby Hospitals patients 

Thanks to local fundraising, the £33,935 electroencaphalography (EEG) equipment is now available at the Royal Derby Hospital, for all epileptic or suspected-epileptic patients of any age.

The machine was jointly funded by Derby Hospitals Charity’s Neurological and Children’s charitable funds and the Derby branch of Epilepsy Action. 

Patients with epilepsy currently have access to standard EEG recording, but previously had to travel to Nottingham for video EEG telemetry, which can be a useful diagnostic and management aid in complex cases. Having this equipment in Derby will make it much easier for Consultants to ensure a correct and timely diagnosis which will in turn lead to improved patient care.

Dr Lalitha Vaithianathar, Consultant Neurologist and Assistant Clinical Director for Neurology and Neurophysiology, said “This is a very exciting time for Derby Neurology services which are currently undergoing expansion.  Along with the appointment of Dr Angelos Gregoriou, our new consultant epileptologist, this new development will further support the provision of high quality care for epilepsy patients of Derby”.

Don Higgerson, past secretary of Epilepsy Action Derby Branch, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in raising the funds for this vital piece of diagnostic equipment. The Derby Branch of Epilepsy Action raised the money over a number of years through lots of different fundraising events. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed and got involved.

“The video EEG telemetry captures what happens in a person’s brain during a seizure and this will help them get an accurate diagnosis. There are many different types of epilepsy and over 40 types of seizures. By carrying out these tests, doctors will have a better understanding the type of epilepsy a person has and the best way to treat it. We hope that the new equipment will make a real difference to the treatment of people with epilepsy across Derbyshire.”

Last Modified 03/10/2014