World Purple Day is an international day of awareness held annually on March 26th to show support for anyone living with epilepsy.
The day was founded in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a young girl from Canada, who has epilepsy and wanted to start a conversation to dispel myths and to assure people living with epilepsy that they are not alone.
The colour purple is used because lavender is recognised as the international flower of epilepsy.
According to the charity Epilepsy Action, around 600,000 people in the UK are affected. That’s almost 1 in 100 people, with 87 people diagnosed in the UK every day.
We are proud to support World Purple Day and are encouraging colleagues to join the #GoPurple conversation to support those living in our communities who have epilepsy and those who support them.
What support is in place for patients across Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust?
At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals our Neurology Department works closely to diagnose and treat all types of neurological conditions, including Epilepsy. Our team of expert include consultant neurologists, special registrars, speciality trainees, and specialist nurses in Epilepsy.
Our Epilepsy Specialist Nurses recognise a diagnosis of Epilepsy can cause worry for you, your relatives or carers. They are here to support and advise you from diagnosis and at any time throughout your treatment.
Referrals to our service are taken from patients and carers, Consultant Neurologists, General Practitioners and members of the multidisciplinary team.
If you require advice or information please contact: 01772 523132. If a member of the team is unable to answer your call, please leave a message and they will aim to get back to you within one working day.
If you are in an emergency situation you should contact your GP service or 111 or 999.
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower
We are proud to have registered with the Hidden Disabilities scheme and have sunflower lanyards and wristbands available for our patients who have a disability that may not be visible to everyone else but this will indicate to us that they may need some additional support.
Patients can collect their sunflower lanyards or wristbands from our general offices and some reception areas, please ask a member of staff if you are unsure or see here for more information.
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