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Referrals to epilepsy specialists

If a child has a suspected seizure, it is likely that they will be taken to the nearest Accident and Emergency department or in some cases they will be seen by their GP.

It may be that the doctor thinks that the child may have had an epileptic seizure, in which case, an urgent appointment with a specialist (a paediatrician who has had special training in diagnosing and treating epilepsy) should be made within two weeks.

The paediatrician will refer on to a specialist centre if there is uncertainty about the diagnosis, where the child will be seen by a paediatric neurologist.

Help and support for parents

If your child has recently been referred to an epilepsy specialist or is newly diagnosed with epilepsy, we have lots of resources and information to help you and your family.

Help and support for parents

Helpline: 01342 831342 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm)
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Misdiagnosis rates in the United Kingdom are between 20–31%.

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