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Epilepsy review outcome
A review into the diagnosis and treatment of 569 children with epilepsy has found that there are no concerns surrounding the management of the majority of children involved.
The review at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guilford was launched after concerns were raised over whether a consultant paediatrician with a special interest in epilepsy was following national guidelines set out by NICE in 2004 about ways in which epilepsy is diagnosed and treated.
Medical director at the hospital, Dr Christopher Tibbs said:‘In July I announced that we were conducting a patient case note review of a group of children with a diagnosis of epilepsy or a related disorder. I am pleased to announce that this review is now complete and that no concerns have been raised about the current management of the majority of the children in the review.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and children involved for their patience and understanding while we have been conducting the review. It has been a mammoth task to go back through nine years of notes and we also appreciate the assistance of the external experts who have made it possible. The next stage of the review where children will be seen in a clinical setting will also be a lengthy process.
“We have now contacted the parents of all the children involved, to inform them that the case notes review has been completed and to advise them of any further steps which may be necessary for each individual child. Some children and their parents or carers will be offered an appointment in the next few weeks at special clinics to be held at the Royal Surrey, where management will be reviewed with an external expert paediatric neurologist.
‘Other children will continue to be seen routinely by a Royal Surrey paediatrician who will be informed about any suggestions the reviewer may have made about how their condition should be managed in the future.
‘If the reviewers identified concerns about previous management which have now been resolved, parents and children will be offered the opportunity to discuss these with an expert.
‘Our priority, as before, is to ensure that all the children involved are receiving the best possible care and to support the families of any of the children involved to the best of our ability.’