UK’s first purpose built childhood epilepsy centre opens
Work to diagnose and treat epilepsy in children and young people got a huge boost this week with the opening of the UK’s first purpose built childhood epilepsy centre.
Opened by Lord (Geoffrey) Howe of Aberavon CH QC, the 2000 square metre centre hosts a wide range of medical and research activities and is based on Young Epilepsy’s campus in Lingfield, Surrey.
Services and facilities for young people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions include:
- state-of-the-art electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment in specially designed, child-friendly suites
- on-site paediatric neurologists
- on-site speech and language experts, physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists
- video telemetry to monitor and record seizures as they occur
- a multidisciplinary professional team
- the design of a personalised epilepsy management package that can be implemented once the young person returns home rehabilitation following brain surgery
- family-friendly accommodation and a home-from-home feel for the young people staying there.
- on-site conference centre and research facilities
The Centre has been built as a result of the generosity of a small number of major donors and has been created as part of the 112-year-old Young Epilepsy’s purpose to provide better futures for young lives with epilepsy.
The new centre is named after the man who devised the concept - leading paediatric neurologist and Young Epilepsy trustee Professor Brian Neville - who was also very involved in the four-year, £6.9m fundraising campaign.
Young Epilepsy’s Chief Executive, David Ford, said,
I am so proud of what we have achieved with the opening of the Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre. We now have a world class facility which can benefit young people with epilepsy for years to come.
Professor Brian Neville said, “I am honoured to have my name above the door of such a fantastic facility. I have always wanted to see research and expertise in childhood epilepsy gathered in one place and look forward to the work that is to follow.”