Children and young people with epilepsy in Northumberland are benefitting from improved support thanks to the appointment of a new specialist nurse, the first of its kind in the area.
The new epilepsy nurse post, which is funded by national charity Epilepsy Action for the first year, is helping to improve the lives of children and young people with epilepsy across the area.
Epilepsy Action, working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has appointed Andrea Irlam to the new position.
Guidelines recommend that all people with epilepsy should have access to an epilepsy specialist nurse, to provide clinical support and advice on all aspects of living with epilepsy to patients and their families.
The role is a first for Northumbria Healthcare and is one of only two new paediatric specialist nurse posts in the north east.
Andrea supports children and young people in a variety of settings including in their homes, in hospital, in schools and in the community.
“I’m delighted to be appointed to this post and be the first port of call for children and young people living with epilepsy and their families,” she said.
“When a child or young person is first diagnosed with epilepsy it is an extremely anxious time for the whole family so it makes such a difference that I can go and see them and answer all the questions they may have and then be there for them whenever they need me.”