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Epilepsy Awareness 27.03.17 – 4.30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 27th March 2017.

Join us online for our Health for Teens webchat on Epilepsy awareness on Monday 27th March 4.30-5pm. Talk to a specialist epilepsy nurse to find out what Epilepsy is and ways to get support. Ask questions and join in our chat.

FACT: Epilepsy is estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK. This means that almost one in every 100 people has the condition (NHS Choices).

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:33

Hi, welcome to today's webchat.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:35

Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder characterised by recurring seizures.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:37

the brain is made up of millions of nerve cells that use electrical signals to control the body's functions, senses and thoughts. If signals are disrupted, the person may have an epileptic seizure (sometimes called a 'fit' or 'attack').

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:39

There are many different types of seizure. The type of seizure can depend on which area of the brain is involved.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:42

Not all seizures are epileptic in nature. Epilpetic seizures originate from electrical activity in the brain. Fainting can be caused by a fall in blood pressure or seizure following trauma/accident.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:44

The most well known seizure type is the generalised tonic clonic which involves a person collapsing and shaking or jerking all their limbs. This can be frightening to watch. This type of episode usually lasts for 1 or 2 minutes.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:50

So how should i help someone who is experiencing a generalised tonic clonic seizure?
You may choose to get help from an adult or paramedic. Firstly assess the safety of the person and yourself. Protect the head by cushioning it with a coat, jacket or jumper. Make a note of the time the event started. Do you know the person's identity? Once the convulsing/shaking stops lie the person on their side, stay with them util help arrives. You will need to call an ambulance if this is the person's first seizure, if they are injured or if your are concerned about their well-being. Never give them something to eat or drink. Never put anything in their mouth during the seizure.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:52

Epilepsy and seizures can start at any age.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:53

In England there are estimated to be 362,000 to 415,000 people with epilepsy: a frequency of 1 in 200 people in the UK.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:55

Epilepsy is managed with medication - 'anti-epileptic drugs'. The aim is to treat the epilepsy with the lowest dose to reduce or control the epileptic seizures.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:56

Evidence suggests 7 out of 10 people will have their seizures controlled by a single medication - usually given in the morning and evening each day.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:57

Epileptic seizures that last more than 5 minutes require urgent medical attention. The longer a seizure lasts the harder it is to bring the person out of it with medication.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 16:59

More information is available from Epilepsy Action at

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 17:00

When managing generalised seizures 'Take Action!' - Assess, Cushion, Time, Identity, Over - place on their side, Never put something in their mouth or give them something to eat.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 27 Mar 17:01

Advice can also be obtained from your GP

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Health for Teens Epilepsy section or: 

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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