Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Service
Service contact information
Our specialist nurse service provides information and advice regarding epilepsy and its management for patients, families, carers and other health professionals.
We hold outpatient and telephone clinics between Monday and Friday to review patients, offering treatment advice and support on a range of clinical and social issues.
Patients can also access us directly for via our Nurse Advice Line 0151 556 4008 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.
Call the epilepsy specialist nurse service if you:
- Experience a worsening in your seizure control
- Experience adverse effects related to your epilepsy medications
- Have concerns about your epilepsy or its treatment that cannot wait until your next appointment
- Want advice on other issues related to your epilepsy
- Are pregnant
For general enquires contact the Epilepsy Nurse Secretary 0151 556 3537
For enquires about epilepsy nurse appointments, please ring the patient access team 0151 556 3213
How the specialist epilepsy nurses can help
Areas in which we provide help and information include:
- understanding a diagnosis of epilepsy
- medication management and side effects
- safety and first aid (rescue medications, assessment and management of SUDEP risk)
- transition from child to adult services
- contraception & pre-conception counselling
- epilepsy surgery (including vagal nerve stimulation)
- finance (benefits and insurance)
- social and leisure activities and travel
- dissociative seizures
- mental health associated with seizures (including anxiety)
- Sodium valproate risk acknowledgement annual review
Clinical assessment and monitoring
Our specialist epilepsy nurses aim to assist patients with all aspects of living with epilepsy.
We can review management of epilepsy, offering practical advice help in the management of side effects of medication and the impact of living with epilepsy. As independent nurse prescribers, we can support with epilepsy medication reviews, making adjustments where necessary. We can refer patients to other health professionals and services if necessary. Most importantly, we are here to listen to any questions and concerns.
The epilepsy nursing service keeps a library of resources in various formats, such as leaflets, to share with you. We can direct you to trusted sites for further information.
More links can be found at the bottom of this page.
Education and training
The epilepsy nursing service is committed to improving and maintaining the standard of care for people with epilepsy.
The Walton Centre offers first aid and rescue medication training for patients, their families as well as employers and carers who work with people with epilepsy in the community.
We maintain strong links with the national associations and regularly teach at their national and regional conferences. Find out more about these in our related information.
Epilepsy Nurse Clinics – main building, Outpatients Department and the Sid Watkins building, Outpatients Department
Satellite Epilepsy Nurse Clinics – for pregnancy at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Whiston Hospital
Sid Watkins Building
This building hosts our Complex Rehabilitation Unit, some outpatients services, pain management services, corporate services and more.
The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building
This building hosts many of our in-patient services, including wards and theatres, and some outpatients services.
Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LJ
Directions and map
- View The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building on a map
- Get directions to The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building
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If you are under the care of a consultant neurologist at The Walton Centre then you can contact us directly for advice and information.
Alternatively a referral can be made by your healthcare professional.
Transitioning from Child Epilepsy Services to Adult Epilepsy Services.
Many different words are used for non-epileptic attacks (NEAs)
You may be considering having a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) if you have tried several anti-epileptic drugs and are still having seizures.
This test helps your doctors to discover which side of your brain controls speech and memory prior to you being considered for epilepsy surgery.
Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Service Consultants
Dr Christine Burness is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre. She is joint clinical lead of the Functional Neurology Team and also the Trust Guardian of Junior Doctor Safe Working.
Page last updated: 22 June 2021