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New specialist nurse to improve epilepsy care in NE Lincs

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An epilepsy nurse specialist has been welcomed as a first for Grimsby.

Carol Ogden will increase the level of specialist service provided across North East Lincolnshire.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to develop a service in Grimsby, which I think has been needed for a long time”

Carol Ogden

Her role has been funded by Epilepsy Action for one year and then North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group will continue funding for the following three years.

She said: “I hope to start community clinics in three GP practices in the future so that patients will not have to travel far, especially as many cannot drive.”

“The aim of my post is to improve the care of people with the condition by offering advice, information, support and discussing lifestyle issues such as employment and family planning,” she said. 

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to develop a service in Grimsby, which I think has been needed for a long time,” she added.

Peri O’Connor, healthcare projects coordinator at Epilepsy Action, said: “Epilepsy Action is delighted to be working with North East Lincolnshire CCG to create this new post.

“We believe that appointing an epilepsy specialist nurse is the simplest and most effective step a health organisation can take to improve its epilepsy service,” she said. “This new role will be vital in helping to meet the needs of people with epilepsy across the region.”

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