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Epilepsy surgery: paediatric

Published on 24 November 2020

The Paediatric Epilepsy Surgery Service provides care for children up to the age of 16 with intractable epilepsy. The service is located in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.

What is paediatric epilepsy surgery?

Epilepsy surgery is a treatment for some people whose seizures cannot be controlled by medications. Surgery is undertaken to help stop seizures, or reduce their frequency.

The service uses a networked approach to deliver care. Children are referred to a national team of experts. The team supports the decision-making process around treatment options for children and young people with drug-resistant or difficult to control epilepsy.

Eligible children and young people will follow the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network's 'Continuing Epileptic Seizures Care Pathway', before receiving consideration by the national epilepsy team.

Further information about the service is available on the Scottish National Paediatric Epilepsy Surgery website.

You can also learn more about the condition on the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network website.

Lead clinician

Dr Ailsa McLellan, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

NSD contact

Programme Manager, Mel Miller – – 0131 2757483


Royal Hospital for Sick Children
9 Sciennes Road