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Abbey House Surgery
Golding Close, Daventry, Northants, NN11 4FE
Monksfield Surgery
Wimborne Place, Daventry, Northants, NN11 0XZ

Opening Times

Abbey House Surgery
Mon, Tues & Thurs:
8.00am - 8.05pm
Wed & Fri:
8.00am - 6.30pm

Monksfield Surgery
Mon - Fri:
8.00am - 6.00pm

Epilepsy

If you are over 18 and have been diagnosed as having epilepsy which is stable, you will be recalled for an annual check with Sue McEwen, our Epilepsy Nurse.

If you have seizures, or problems with medication, a review can help. Changes to your everyday life, or to your medication, could lead to fewer seizures (fits) or fewer side effects.

Even if you feel well, and aren't having any seizures, regular review of your epilepsy can help you. A healthy lifestyle and taking the right medication usually means most people with epilepsy can live without seizures. The aim is to enable you to lead as full a life as possible and minimise the risks that seizures and medication can bring.

Reviews will include:

  • Your seizures and any questions about them.
  • For women, questions about contraception and possible pregnancy.
  • Taking your epilepsy medicines and how you're getting on with them. You may wish to discuss any side effects.
  • You may be worried about being given different tablets to your normal ones. Nurse McEwen will also ask you about your medicine taking.
  • Questions about any other medicines.
  • Discuss any worries you have.
  • You may want to discuss getting the right balance between side effects of your medicine and seizure control.
  • Any questions about your epilepsy are OK.
  • You can raise any points about living with epilepsy.

If there is an urgent problem with medicines or your seizures, don't wait for a review:

  • if you have taken too much of any medicine,
  • if you have an allergic reaction to a new medicine (such as wheezing, rash, swelling or fainting),
  • if you notice a possible side effect or any unusual symptoms, and/or
  • if you notice your health getting worse.

In any of these cases, talk to a clinician at the Surgery or a Pharmacist straight away.

Don't change your medicines suddenly

Even quite small changes to the amount of medicine you take can affect your epilepsy and put you at increased risk of seizures. If you take prescribed tablets for epilepsy:

  • take them as you have been prescribed them,
  • don't change your dose without talking to your doctor or Nurse McEwen, and
  • don't suddenly stop taking your tablets.