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NSE statement on TV hospital drama treatment of epilepsy
Response from the National Society for Epilepsy to press coverage of criticism of TV hospital drama treatment of epilepsy
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The National Society for Epilepsy is about to launch a new initiative in an effort to ensure epilepsy is correctly portrayed in the media.
On a number of occasions NSE has been approached by film and television companies to advise on dramatisation of seizures, living with epilepsy, treatment and first aid. In the past the charity has taken on an advisory role to actors in the award winning film Control, the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently an independent company making a series for Channel 4.
NSE communications manager Amanda Cleaver said: “Many production companies are keen to make sure they portray epilepsy correctly. As the UK’s leading medical epilepsy charity we can help by providing seizure footage, information and access to case studies and medical experts. Although epilepsy is the UK’s most common serious neurological condition, which can affect anyone of any age at any time in their life, there are a number of myths and misconceptions which surround the disorder. There is still a lot of ignorance and and we believe that by helping the media we can combat some of that stigma.”
For further information contact the NSE Press Office on 01494 601404 or 07870 636691.