Our epilepsy team includes consultant epilepsy specialists, consultant neurophysiologists, specialist nurses and specialist dieticians to support children with all types of epilepsy. We work closely with neurophysiology, neuropsychology, and neuropsychiatry teams.
We work closely with the neurophysiology department and can provide the full range of electroencephalography (EEG) that may be required for diagnosis of epilepsy.
Bristol supports patients with complex epilepsy who may benefit from use of the ketogenic diet to control their seizures. We are a recruiting centre for the Kiwi trial for use of the ketogenic diet in young children, see research for more details.
Vagal Nerve Stimulation
After assessment within the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Programme some patients will benefit from Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS). This can be very beneficial for patients with epilepsy that does not respond to standard treatment. Bristol supports patients with VNS across the South West of the UK.
Within the wider managed access programme, and guided by the British Paediatric Neurology Association, medications containing cannabinoids can now be prescribed by consultants on the specialist register. At present, while awaiting the outcome of the NICE guidance, this is on a very limited named-patient basis.
For more information on this refer to the BPNA guidance, or speak to your consultant.