Doctors at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are using monitoring technology in a bid to work out what triggers seizures in patients.
Board members of Seven Hills Toongabbie RSL Club helped the cause by donating equipment valued at almost $100,000 to the epilepsy monitoring unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The donated equipment included a 256-channel Neuvo SEEG recording system, a 32-channel Grael EEG system and a Siesta ambulatory system.
“The equipment has been undergoing testing after installation and is now being used to treat the children of western Sydney who are most vulnerable and have the most severe types of epilepsies,” a Seven Hills Toongabbie RSL Club spokesman said.
Epilepsy is the most common chronic brain disorder worldwide and affects people of all ages.
It is estimated that almost 800,000 people in Australia will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some stage in life, according to Epilepsy Action Australia.
“The early diagnosis of epilepsy allows the correct treatment to be instigated,” the spokesman said.
“The cure of epilepsy is transforming for the child, giving them the gift of a future free of epilepsy,” he said.
“We hope this provides a world-class service for children with epilepsy and sleep disorders.”