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GP warns of care gap for epilepsy

Dr Rupert Manley has persuaded his GP colleagues to carry out a county-wide audit of epilepsy care after reading news stories in Pulse that highlighted gaps in primary care management of the condition.

Dr Manley, a GP in St Ives, Cornwall, said epilepsy patients were falling into the gap between reluctant GPs and inaccessible neurologists and there was a 'considerable unmet need' in his area.

The audit involves reviewing GP records, medication, seizure frequency and contraceptive advice. Patients with active epilepsy are sent a questionnaire and an invitation to see the epilepsy specialist nurse.

Dr Manley said: 'A simple cultural change in the way epilepsy is viewed in primary care would bring about a significant improvement in care.'

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