Invitation to attend a free health seminar on epilepsy at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

MEMBERS of the public with an interest in epilepsy are invited to the latest health seminar for members of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Laycock, Consultant Paediatrician, and members of the Paediatric Epilepsy Nursing team, are hosting a seminar entitled “An Introduction to Epilepsy and its Complexities”, on Monday, March 26, 2018 in the Education Centre Lecture Theatre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital between 11am and 12 noon.

To tie in with the Epilepsy Awareness Day, Dr Laycock will be explaining topics such as what epilepsy is and why it is important to identify those at risk of the condition.

He will also highlight the complexities involved in diagnosing and managing the condition and moving from Paediatric to Adult Services, describe what epilepsy treatments are available and why a diagnosis can be life changing.  The Paediatric Epilepsy Team will also explain their work in helping and supporting families.

Dr Laycock said: “Epilepsy is not just one condition, but a group of many different ‘epilepsies’, with one thing in common, a tendency to have seizures that start in the brain.

“Anyone can develop epilepsy at any time of life. It happens in people of all ages, races and social classes.

“Epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed in children and in people over 65. There are more than half a million people with epilepsy in the UK, around 1 in 100 people.

“Epilepsy is an area which is not as high profile as some other medical topics, but there is increasing knowledge and understanding of the condition and we are now benefiting from newer drugs and other treatments such as neurosurgery and outcomes are steadily improving.”

To book a place on the seminar please contact Lauren Kavanagh in the Membership Office, on 01253 956361.  We ask that you sign up to become a member of the Trust to attend.

Membership can be arranged over the phone.

Membership doesn’t cost anything, and there are numerous benefits for the Trust and the local community alike, which can be seen on the Trust’s website: Your application can be received via the website, by post or by telephone.

For further information about this Press Release, please call Lauren Kavanagh in the Membership Office on 01253 956361 or email


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