Epilepsy 

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) has one of the largest, most comprehensive programmes in Europe for the evaluation and medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy.

Our multi-disciplinary team of world-leading experts includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-psychiatrists and neurophysiologists – working closely with epilepsy nurse specialists, neuro-psychologists and other specialities within the NHNN.

Based at Queen Square in central London and Chalfont St-Peter – and also locally within Camden  the epilepsy group works within UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and has close links with UCL Institute of Neurology and UCL Partners, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

These links allow the epilepsy group to evaluate and treat the widest range of patients – ranging from individuals seeking diagnosis after their first seizure – to more complex cases, including those for whom epilepsy forms only part of a broader medical or surgical condition.

Summary of services

The Epilepsy Group at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and Sir William Gowers Centre in Chalfont St-Peter provides a comprehensive service for patients with epilepsy and for those with suspected seizures.

Outpatient services

First seizure clinic – assessment of up to 10 new patients per week with suspected first seizure, usually referred from Emergency Department.

Epilepsy out-patient clinics at NHNN and Sir William Gowers Centre in Chalfont St-Peter – assessment of suspected seizures, investigation of newly-diagnosed epilepsy, medical management and surgical management of epilepsy (see Guide for patients considering epilepsy surgery) as well as second opinions.

Obstetric-neurology clinic at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital – monitoring and advice given to women with epilepsy who are pregnant

Epilepsy nurse led clinics – at NHNN and Sir William Gowers Centre in Chalfont St-Peter

In-patient services
Following consultation with a consultant neurologist / epileptologist at NHNN, patients can be admitted for prolonged EEG and simultaneous video-recording to the Jules Thorn 7-bed telemetry unit at NHNN.  This unit provides a diagnostic service and also forms an essential component of the epilepsy surgery programme.

The Sir William Gowers Assessment and Treatment Centre in Chalfont St-Peter is a 26 bed facility which offers video-EEG telemetry, MRI, drug level monitoring, neurology, neuropsychiatry and psychology, and admits 1000 patients per year from all over the UK and Ireland for in-depth multidisciplinary assessment and treatment.

Prof John Duncan Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Dr Dominic Heaney Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Dr Beate Diehl Epilepsy, Neurophysiology
Prof Matthew Walker Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy, Sleep neurology service
Prof Sanjay Sisodiya Epilepsy
Dr Sofia Eriksson Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy, Sleep neurology service
Prof Ley Sander Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Prof Matthias Koepp Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Dr Sanjeev Rajakulendran (Raj) Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Dr Suzanne O'Sullivan Epilepsy
Dr Fahmida Amin Chowdhury Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy, Neurophysiology
Dr Meneka Kaur Sidhu Neurology and neurosurgery, Epilepsy
Dr Simona Balestrini Epilepsy

 Contact details

Epilepsy
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Outpatients Department
Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG
Sir William Gowers Centre
Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy
Chalfont St Peter , SL9 OLR

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 8627

GP enquiries
Telephone: 0203 448 8625 / 0203 448 8619 / 020 3448 8609 / 0203 448 8623
Fax: 020 3448 8615
Email: uclh.epilepsy@nhs.net

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