The Sir Jules Thorn EEG Telemetry Unit at The National Hospital For Neurology And Neurosurgery

‘Dramatically improving the quality of life’


In 1995 a grant of £225,000 from the Trust enabled The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery to open a six-bed EEG Telemetry Ward.

EEG Telemetry, with a video link, simultaneously monitors the behaviour and brain waves of patients with epilepsy, sleep disorders or other causes of “funny turns”. The direct correlation of clinical and neuro-physiological events has proved of fundamental importance in the diagnosis and treatment of unexplained episodes of altered behaviour or consciousness, drug resistant epilepsy requiring surgical removal of the epileptic focus, and sleep related problems. The Telemetry Unit is in its tenth year of operation and has seen over 3,500 patients. It is the largest dedicated Telemetry Unit in the UK for adults and has the greatest throughput of patients in the world.

“This support has meant a great deal to The National Hospital and the many epilepsy patients who have been assessed in the Unit”.

Paul Meyer, Director, Development Foundation. National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

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