New service allows people with epilepsy to receive full care in Galway

A new clinic opened at University Hospital Galway will allow patients with epilepsy to receive all their care here.

The opening of the Vagal Nerve Stimulation Clinic at the west’s biggest hospital means that these patients no longer have to travel to Dublin for treatment, a recent meeting of the HSE West’s regional health forum was told.

Vagal nerve stimulation therapy uses a pulse generator to send mild electrical stimulations to the vagal nerve with the aim of reducing the number, length and severity of seizures.

The VNS clinic opened at the Department of Neurology on September 20 and runs in conjunction with the epilepsy clinics.

Responding to a question from Headford county councillor Mary Hoade about the service Bill Maher, the chief executive of the West/North West Hospital Group, said it was a “positive development”.

He stated it will allow local patients, who previously had to travel to Dublin, to receive all their epilepsy care at UHG.


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