ON average, one child in every Solihull primary school is diagnosed with epilepsy, with the figure rising to five in every borough secondary school.
Solihull was chosen to host a prestigious conference last week, attended by epilepsy experts, to teach parents and carers across the country more about the condition.
The two day-long event, a collaboration between the UK epilepsy charities Young Epilepsy and Matthew’s Friends, gave families the chance to increase their understanding of complex epilepsy and meet other families in a similar situation.
The event was attended by world-renowned epilepsy experts such as Prof Helen Cross, The Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy and Dr Sunny Philip, a paediatric neurologist from Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Young Epilepsy chief executive David Ford said: “The conference gave anyone caring for a child with complex epilepsy the rare chance to hear from psychologists, consultants and specialist epilepsy nurses. We know parents and carers find these events useful and we were delighted that so many attended.”
The conference, which took place at St John’s Hotel in Warwick Road, included talks and workshops on topics like educational support, treatments, behaviour issues and impact on the family.