First seizure service

The Department of Health has issued national guidelines for care for patients who have had an epilepsy seizure for the first time.

The first seizure clinic

To meet these standards, the Wessex neurological centre has developed a first seizure clinic. Patients will be referred directly from the Emergency Department or by their GP.

The clinic is led by a consultant neurologist who will review the medical information and where necessary, refer you for further tests.

  • If epilepsy is not the cause, you will be discharged to your GP, or if necessary, referred to a different health professional.
  • If the cause is uncertain, you will be followed up by the neurologist or an specialist epilepsy nurse based at the neurology centre or in the community. 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 based at the neurology centre or in the community.

You may find that some basic questions are answered in the attached information leaflet at the top of this page.