Scotland is now home to a world-leading centre for the assessment and diagnosis of epilepsy after Quarriers received the keys to the new specialist independent hospital in Glasgow on Friday 8 February 2013.
The £6.4 million William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre has taken just 12 months to build and is the only one of its kind in Scotland, complete with state-of-the-art equipment offering assessment and diagnosis for people with complex epilepsy and diagnosis where the condition is uncertain.
The majority of Scotland’s trainee neurologists will have placements at the centre, which will also deliver training for family doctors, nurses and conduct cutting-edge research into epilepsy. It is estimated that 54,000 people in Scotland live with the condition.
Patients will move to the 12-bed centre – located close to the Institute of Neurology at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital – in April from Quarriers’ existing unit in Quarriers Village near Bridge of Weir.
Scottish business leader Boyd Tunnock, whose business Tunnocks Biscuits Ltd donated £40,000 to Quarriers for a consulting room, today accepted the keys to the new centre on behalf of Quarriers from Alan Macdonald, managing director of Dawn Group which built the iconic landmark in St Kenneth Drive, Govan.
Quarriers Chief Executive Paul Moore said: “Today represents a significant milestone for Quarriers’s work supporting people living with epilepsy – and we are extremely excited about the future now we have the keys to the new William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre.
“The charity has been involved in epilepsy services for over a century and it currently assesses more than 100 people each year with some of the most complex forms of the condition.
“The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre is a centre of excellence and will place not only Quarriers but also Scotland at the forefront of assessment and diagnosis of epilepsy across the world.”
Funding for the new centre has come from a number of sources including the NHS, Scottish Investment Fund, Robertson Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Turnberry Trust, UCB Pharma Ltd, Robert Barr’s Charitable Trust, RS MacDonald Charitable Trust, SPIFOX and Wooden Spoon.
The current Quarriers epilepsy centre was built in 1970 and has come to the end of its working life.
Bill Scott, the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre fundraising appeal chairman, added: “It’s a great sense of achievement to collect the keys to the new centre. The fundraising team has worked tremendously hard over the past three years to turn this vision into reality.
“Epilepsy is more than just a medical condition. Left unmanaged, it can destroy every aspect of life – education, employment, relationships, self-confidence and self-esteem.
“The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre is a fantastic building that will do so much to ensure people with epilepsy in Scotland and further afield will benefit from some of the most advanced assessment and diagnosis technology in the world.”
William Quarrier, the charity’s founder, first became interested in the plight of those living with epilepsy in the 1900s when a Colony of Mercy was established in Quarriers Village. Since the Colony was set up in 1906 the charity has treated thousands of patients.