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Plan to improve epilepsy services

Plan to improve epilepsy services

Epilepsy sufferers in Wales will soon have easier access to high-quality patient-centred services following the unveiling of a "groundbreaking" action plan.

Under the initiative – the first of its kind in the UK – patients would be assessed earlier, the risk of incorrect diagnosis would be reduced and appropriate treatment would be provided as locally as possible.

Figures show around one in 20 people in the UK develop the neurological condition at some point in their life and 1,500 new cases are recorded in Wales every year.

Health minister, Edwina Hart, launched the plan after a 12-week consultation with health professionals, local health boards, NHS trusts and the voluntary sector.

Margaret Stanley of the All Wales Epilepsy Forum believes the move has the potential to “vastly improve” not only the lives of people with epilepsy in Wales, but also those of their families and carers.

The health minister said: "Epilepsy is a complex condition that can affect anyone at any age, and has a dramatic effect on people's lives.

"It is crucial that people with epilepsy can effectively access the right services at the right time and in the right place. This is what this unique service development directive proposes."

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