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Epilepsy referrals

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.

Routine referrals

For routine referrals, please post the referral letter to:

Epilepsy Service
Department of Neurosciences
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TH

Emergency referrals

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.

Last reviewed: 14 June 2022