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National Epilepsy Week

Dr Andrew Wilson

Dr Andrew Wilson, clinical chair of NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Today (20 May) marks the start of national Epilepsy Week. Epilepsy is still the most common serious neurological condition in the world but it impacts each person’s life in a unique way.

The week raises awareness of what epilepsy is, who’s affected and what can be done to help those who suffer from the condition. It also aims to banish the myths surrounding it.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness or convulsions. It’s associated with abnormal electricity in the brain.

One in 100 people has epilepsy and 600,000 people are living with it in the UK. It can affect anyone of any age or ethnicity.

There are two different types of seizure: generalised and partial. For more information, visit:

Common symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Wandering
  • Jerks
  • Shaking
  • Lip smacking
  • Staring
  • Whole-body convulsions .

Although it cannot be cured, epilepsy, can be treated with medication. The type and strength of the medication will depend on the type of epilepsy.

If someone has a seizure, it’s important that you know what to do and what not to do. Take a look here

How you can help:

  • Donate
  • Become a volunteer
  • Fundraise
  • Support social pages

To learn more on how to do this, visit: