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MMT Announces an Assessment Service for Scotland

In support of approximately 5000 children in Scotland with epilepsy, 1250 of whom have difficult epilepsy and 600 of whom are severe cases, the Muir Maxwell Trust, in partnership with the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE) is launching an assessment service and ultimately, plans to build a paediatric epilepsy and respite care centre for Scotland.

The assessment service will identify the health, education and welfare needs of children with epilepsy and their families, in-order that those needs can be properly addressed.  At the same time it is hoped the service will provide the evidence of need for the Scottish Government, in-order to secure the support of the NHS and local authorities for the long term funding of these services.  The longer term plan is to build a residential and respite care centre for young people with epilepsy in Scotland, comprising a school, residence and medical centre of excellence for the ongoing assessment of children in Scotland with epilepsy - a project that will require £10 million.

In time we would hope to extend the assessment service to the rest of the UK and consider the possibility of additional paediatric epilepsy and respite care centres. In the meantime, the Muir Maxwell Trust remains committed to providing practical support to children with epilepsy and their families throughout the UK.

Ann Maxwell
Muir Maxwell Trust Ltd

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