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Date: 10 August 2020
Referring a patient to the epilepsy unit
The below information is intended for GPs and other referring clinicians.
Before referring a patient
- Where possible, please include a detailed witness account of the patient's seizure/episode
- In new onset cases or cases undergoing review of diagnosis, ask the patient to bring a witness to the appointment
- Provide information about all previous investigations, if done elsewhere, and any current or previous treatment for seizures and response
- Indicate that you have advised the patient about safety issues and driving regulations pending the appointment
For routine referrals, please post the referral letter to:
Epilepsy Service, Department of Neurosciences
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TH
Patients requiring emergency care should be advised to attend their local Accident and Emergency department.
For urgent outpatient neurology appointments, refer patients to general neurology to be seen in the emergency neurology clinic, as appropriate.
Patients known to one of the neurology or epilepsy consultants requiring urgent advice or an appointment should be referred to the individual consultant. If they are not available, healthcare professionals can contact the on-call neurology registrar via main switchboard: 0121 371 2000.