Neurophysiology and neuropsychology
Our team of consultant neurophysiologists and skilled technicians carry out detailed tests to help with the diagnosis and classification of seizures.
- ambulatory and video telemetry
Your consultant will refer you for a neuropsychological assessment so that you can undergo tests to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your epilepsy. Sometimes the results of an assessment can be used to help the medical team work out where the seizures in your brain originate.
There are many reasons why you may have been referred for an assessment:
- you or your family may have concerns about your memory or concentration skills
- if you are about to start taking a new drug for your epilepsy, your consultant may have asked for an assessment to monitor any side effects.
If you are concerned about your memory you should ask your GP for a referral to your local neuropsychology service.
What do the tests involve?
A neuropsychological assessment usually last between one and three hours. No two assessments are the same and the number and type of tasks you will be asked to complete may be different for each person.
Most assessments will include:
- memory tests
- reading and drawing tasks
If you wear reading glasses, it is important to bring these with you. If you have problems with sight, hearing or holding a pencil, we will modify the tests for you.
Is there a pass or fail mark?
Although it is important that you try your best during your assessment, there are no pass or fail marks for the tests. We are looking for the patterns of your abilities - what you find easy and what you find difficult.
When will I get the results?
The tests take some time to score and need to be analysed by a consultant neuropsychologist. Under most circumstances, you will not get the results at the end of your assessment. They will be given to the consultant who referred you for an assessment and they will explain the results at your next appointment.
If you have any further questions, please call the number on your appointment letter and a psychologist will get back to you as soon as possible.
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