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Ross Fripp's Cycling...

Ross Fripp's Cycling Challenge
Ross was a fit and healthy 24 year old when he became sick in November 2014. Suspecting it was just something he'd eaten, he carried on life as normal, but the sickness continued and gradually he developed further symptoms. Following...
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Spreading a Little Christmas...

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer
We're starting to feel a little festive here in the Smile4Wessex Appeals Office with the arrival of our 2018 Christmas Cards and we are really excited to be able to share them with you.  This year we have chosen not just...
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Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...
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Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...
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Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...
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Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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PVT Suite

Paediatric Video-Telemetry (PVT) Suite

Epilepsy has a dramatic impact on those it affects, and none more so than children. In severe cases a child may suffer 30, 40 or even 50 seizures each day, daunting for an adult let alone a child.

Whilst medication can in most cases control these seizures, for others the drugs have little or no effect. For these patients in particular, epilepsy can have a range of repercussions. The issues of safety and independence are obvious, but many will suffer problems with their self-esteem and confidence, memory, schooling and behaviour. In later life, ongoing seizures can affect their ability to drive, employment prospects and relationships.

The charity provided funding of £145,000 to build a Paediatric Video-Telemetry Suite at the WNC. The facility, which has been in use since February 2009, has proven to be a tremendous addition to the WNC’s capability to assess and treat children with severe epilepsy. The following information describes how this facility is helping to change children’s lives.

Seizures are triggered by abnormal electrical discharges that spread throughout the brain. In many cases this activity is random, but in others the trigger activity occurs in the same area of the brain every time. For these latter cases, if you are able to identify the precise location of the trigger activity, it may be possible to cure the epilepsy by surgically removing the trigger area. It is for this reason that a dedicated Paediatric Video-Telemetry Suite was so desperately needed.

Assessment for suitability for surgery is a lengthy process as, if surgery is to be undertaken, the surgeon must have precise and reliable data to identify the abnormal area of brain generating the seizures. Children who have been assessed as being likely to benefit from surgery will typically spend five days or more isolated in the Video-Telemetry Suite during which time their every move and sound is recorded and, crucially, the electrical activity in their brain is monitored. The patient is connected to a very sophisticated, 128-channel digital EEG via electrodes attached to the scalp, or in some cases implanted under the skull on a grid laid directly onto the cortex of the brain. As seizures occur, the equipment produces an electrical map of the brain, identifying the precise location of the abnormality.

The video/sound recordings are synchronised with the EEG and provide evidence of the outward signs of the onset of the seizure, helping surgeons to confirm the area of the brain in which the seizures occur, and the parts or functions of the body controlled by areas of the brain surrounding the abnormal cells.

See also:

Smile4Wessex Children's Neuro Centre

Intra-Operative Nerve Monitoring

Neurosurgical Operating Microscope

The Smile4Rich Ambulance

Auto-Tilt Sigma Physiotherapy Chair