Paediatric Neurosciences - Our Work
Delivering work up for Epilepsy Surgery closer to home
The team has been working with the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service (CESS) based at Bristol Children’s Hospital, and the epilepsy teams at Southampton and Oxford Children’s Hospitals. The project aims to ensure that children with complex epilepsy from the Wessex and Thames Valley regions who are being considered for epilepsy surgery are able to receive as much of their pre-surgical care and diagnostics at their home tertiary centre as possible. This means less travel for the families and improved consistency of care from the epilepsy teams that they already have a relationship with.
A ‘hub and spoke’ model has been developed with the regional centres to ensure that access to paediatric epilepsy clinical care, neuro-psychological and psychiatric assessment, MRI, Video EEG and other diagnostic requirements can be provided as close to home for the patients as is appropriate.
There is a set tariff for pre-surgical evaluation (PSE) for epilepsy surgery and we have negotiated a division of the tariff between the CESS centre and the tertiary neurosciences centres to support the teams delivering the care.
From 1st April 2018 all PSE for children from the Wessex region will be delivered at Southampton Children’s Hospital. A similar arrangement for children from the Thames Valley region is being developed at Oxford Children’s Hospital.