Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital
Northwood Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2HN
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
The phone number is an answer messaging service which is accessed by the medical secretaries regularly throughout the day and messages are then relayed electronically to the nurses.
Who we are
We are a team of specialist epilepsy nurses who have had additional training so that we can support people with epilepsy to live with their condition. The nurses are supported by experienced medical secretaries.
What we do
Our service is delivered through nurse-led clinics and in certain situations also home visits. We offer counselling, education and support for people living with epilepsy who have experienced seizures within the year prior to referral. We offer individual care plans for all patients over 18-years-old and specific care plans for women during pregnancy.
We work closely with patients and their family/carers, consultant neurologists and GPs. We believe that people with epilepsy should be fully involved in all decisions made in relation to their condition, supporting them to manage their epilepsy.
We provide a comprehensive assessment of the person’s epilepsy, offering education, advice and support to help achieve seizure control or optimal control. We are able to review medication, supporting with any medicine changes and in some cases prescribing epilepsy medications. We can also refer to other services and help with any concerns our patients may have about going to work or studying.
An additional aspect of the service is to offer rescue medication training on the use of Buccal Midazolam to help prevent prolonged seizures and to reduce hospital admissions.
Our service can be found in 20 locations across Kent resulting in appointments being offered as close to patients homes as possible. Patients can also phone the epilepsy nursing service about their condition, if advice is needed between appointments with either the epilepsy nurse or consultant neurologist. This often results in fewer visits to the GP. We are available between 9am and 5pm Mondays to Fridays.
How do you use this service?
You need to be referred by a consultant neurologist (via your GP). If you need advice on how to be referred please phone our number above.