What we offer patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
- Establish and substantiate the diagnosis of PNES
- Ensure safe withdrawal of anti-epilepsy medications
- Identify and address psychological, cognitive and behavioural issues
- Initiate psychological therapy
- Establish clear strategies for management of patients’ PNES in the community and minimisation of unnecessary utilisation of health care resources in the community and in hospitals.
How to refer
If you would like to refer a patient to the Centre, please refer in writing to the Consultant Neurologist, William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, 20 St Kenneth Drive, Glasgow
Referrals can be accepted from consultants associated with epilepsy care. We may also accept referrals from other medical practitioners where there is a difficulty accessing appropriate services locally.
All referrals to the Centre are reviewed by Scottish Epilepsy Centre clinical staff and multi-disciplinary team prior to admission.
All referrals require support, approval and funding from the appropriate NHS authority. Funding for assessment at the Scottish Epilepsy Centre is organised via extra contractual funding which must be authorised by the patient’s local NHS board. For more details contact our Senior Administrator, Elaine Blackley, who is available Monday to Friday, from 8.45am to 4.45pm, on 0141 445 7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to discuss a possible referral or to find out more about the service we provide, please contact the Senior Administrator on the number about and ask to speak to the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse (email@example.com) or Unit Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, you can contact the Scottish Epilepsy Centre directly on 0141 445 7755 (24 hours) or email email@example.com.
Inpatient admissions length
The service design is established to provide medium-term admissions (2-8 weeks, with the average being around four weeks) to facilitate complex assessments unsuitable for short-term intervention available in specialist NHS neurological assessment services.
Prior to admission, the length of assessment is planned in agreement with a Specialist Consultant and the referring NHS Health Board, but a several factors influence the actual admission period. For patients assessed for diagnostic or clarification assessment, the inpatient stay can be dependent on patient experiencing the variety of events that require clarification. In addition, these events may need captured on EEG and/ or video to ensure accuracy of evaluation. Individual therapeutic responses to medication changes can be a factor. Where extensions are required over pre-agreed timescale, authority is sought by funding NHS board.