26 May 2015

Stevenson Supports Epilepsy Awareness Week

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has promoted National Epilepsy Week (17-23 May) in the Scottish Parliament by signing the published revised SIGN national guideline on managing epilepsy in adults.

Mr Stevenson said:

“Studies show that while just over half of people with epilepsy have seizure control, seven in ten could become seizure free with optimum care.

“The revised SIGN guidance can play a vital part in addressing this treatment gap and improving services over the next decade. I want the very best health and social care for constituents affected by epilepsy, and National Epilepsy Week helps us highlight issues and raise awareness.”

Phil Robinson, chair of Epilepsy Consortium Scotland, added:

“We are grateful to MSPs and Ministers for drawing attention to epilepsy in so many different ways. We hope the latest SIGN guidelines they will be welcomed and implemented after their launch on 18 June 2015. Part of the Consortium’s work has been mapping epilepsy services in Scotland to see where the gaps are. Our findings are going to be a useful tool for agencies when they are planning future provision.”

Mr Stevenson signed up to the World Health Organisation global resolution for national epilepsy action plans and vowed to wear a purple ribbon in the next year for the cause.

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