Epilepsy service

The Wessex neurological centre is based at Southampton General Hospital, and provides a service for people in the Wessex region living with epilepsy, including those who have complex epilepsy needs.

There are many misconceptions about epilepsy and although some people do have some difficulties because of their seizures, most people with epilepsy live normal lives. We support patients to achieve this, and can help if you have been newly diagnosed with epilepsy or if you have been living with it for some time. We may also see you if you are being assessed for epilepsy surgery.

Read more about epilepsy on the NHS website, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and living with epilepsy.

First seizure service

You can be referred by your GP or directly from the emergency department to our first seizure clinic. This is led by a consultant neurologist, who will review your medical information and send you for tests if needed.

  • If epilepsy is not the cause of your seizure, you will be discharged to your GP, or referred to a different health professional.
  • If the cause is uncertain, you will have a follow up with the neurologist or an specialist epilepsy nurse. Please see epilepsy nursing service for more information.
  • If epilepsy is diagnosed, after discussion, treatment may begin and you will have follow up appointments with the neurologist or specialist epilepsy nurse.

You can find out more in our first seizure patient information leaflet.

Complex epilepsy service

We assess and manage people with complex epilepsy. We can provide 24 hour inpatient monitoring on the neuromedical wards or, when necessary, in the 13 bedded neuro-intensive care unit. Our facilities also include a video-telemetry suite.

We will work closely with your GP, and you will have regular reviews with the team until your seizures have become more manageable or stopped.

We have a large library of information in various formats that you can borrow, please contact us to find out more.