Importance of learning about epilepsy - MSP

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Nigel Don, MSP, has joined party leaders in learning about epilepsy and supporting National Epilepsy Week, which runs until Saturday.

The theme this year is ‘Many Faces of Epilepsy’.

More than 54,000 people live with epilepsy in Scotland.

Mr Don said: “Epilepsy is still the most common, serious neurological condition in the world but it impacts each person’s life in a unique and individual way.

“Epilepsy affects men, women and children of all ages from every ethnic group and social status. The outlook is brighter for the half whose seizures are well managed with medication.

“The picture is less rosy for almost a fifth whose epilepsy care could be further improved while the remainder face a difficult time, as do their families and carers, due to uncontrolled seizures.

“Epilepsy Scotland believe that with the right treatment seven in 10 people with epilepsy could become seizure free. This would save the NHS money and afford an improved quality of life for thousands of families up and down the country.”

Mr Don continued: “I want to help ensure that this happens. I am happy to be one of the many faces of epilepsy supporters in Scotland and to develop greater public awareness and understanding.”

* An estimated 9,750 people with epilepsy could become seizure free if their condition was better managed. This would save the NHS around £2.36 million a year.