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25 November 2015

Storing emergency details on your mobile phone

Epilepsy supporter Richard Atterwill has shared his new video showing how you can store vital information on your smartphone so that it can be accessed by the emergency services without needing to know your password.

Richard Atterwill at home in his gardenSeventy-year-old Richard has complex focal (partial) seizures which begin in the temporal lobe of his brain, often preceded by an aura. When he was younger he also had frequent tonic clonic seizures so understands the importance of the emergency services being able to access the medical details of someone who has a seizure and may be unable to explain about their health condition.

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is called out to around 40 epileptic seizures a day.

'With epilepsy you never know when a seizure is likely to happen and it is important that paramedics and other emergency staff are able to access your details,' said Richard. 'The mobile phone is one of the greatest inventions and is a great tool for people with epilepsy who may need help in an emergency situation.'

Step-by-step guide

Richard's video includes a step-by-step guide to  using a health app on your iPhone to record your name, date of birth, emergency contact details, details of your medical condition and your medication. The app is available on all iPhones supporting ios8 and later. Not all android phones include an emergency contact feature but you may be able to install one through Google Play.

Epilepsy Society's epilepsy information manager Stella Pearson said: 'Richard's video is a great way of sharing this vital information which could be a life saver in an emergency.

'Seizures are unpredictable, often happening without warning. Knowing that a paramedic or healthcare professional could access basic information about your health condition and could instantly find who to contact can be really reassuring.

'Mobile phones have many uses for people with epilepsy including recording seizures and keeping a seizure diary through our own epilepsy toolkit app. Our app also includes a broad range of information about managing seizures, first aid and your own medication.

'Richard's video highlights another essential way that mobile phones are revolutionising medical care. We would like to thank Richard for making this video and sharing this really important information with other people with epilepsy.'

Richard's video is part of a series of videos from his website 'The Unwelcome Visitor.' 

Find out more

Find out  about Epilepsy Society's epilepsy toolkit app