The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre has been awarded the Laing Buisson award for primary care and diagnostics which recognises excellence and innovation in the public, private and third sectors.

135849449.jpg.galleryGerard Gahagan, Head of Epilepsy Services at Quarriers, said “Epilepsy can be extremely difficult to diagnose with an estimated 12,000 people in Scotland living with a misdiagnosis.

“Being able to provide accurate diagnosis and particularly distinguishing between epileptic and non-epileptic seizure is paramount in delivering the best patient outcomes.

“Our vision is a world where no life is shattered by epilepsy. Our mission is to transform the lives of people with epilepsy through clinical diagnosis and treatment.”

The centre was commended by the judges for its person-centred approach where each patient is provided with the support to help them manage their condition. That includes enabling them to reduce or withdraw from medication in a safe environment, to offering continuing support.

Mr Gahagan said “The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre exemplifies the benefits of integrating heath and social care and works seamlessly with all 14 NHS boards in Scotland as well as accepting referrals from northern England and Northern Ireland ensuring patients across the UK have equal access to specialist treatment of the highest quality.”

Alice Harper, Chief Executive of Quarriers, said the charity was thrilled to be recognised with such a prestigious heathcare award. She added “It is testament to the excellent state-of-the-art centre and our caring and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people with epilepsy.”

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