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Medical services

Our medical services are open, however we have introduced COVID prevention measures. You can find out more on this page.

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We provide Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM)

An area of clinical chemistry that specialises in measuring medication levels (concentrations) in patients.

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Assessment

Individual assessment from a multi-disciplinary team.

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Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology

Our team of consultant neurophysiologists and skilled technicians carry out detailed tests to help with the diagnosis and classification of seizures. 

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Assessment in a relaxed atmosphere

At the Sir William Gowers Centre, we provide assessment in a relaxed atmosphere aiming to meet your individual needs whether you are coming to the centre as an inpatient, outpatient or daycase admission. 

Our TDM machine

About the centre

Our tertiary care assessment unit is named after Sir William Gowers, one of the founding members of Epilepsy Society. Our medical unit leads the way in the most advanced techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Introduction of COVID prevention measures

Our medical services are open, however we have introduced COVID prevention measures on-site.

Currently we are admitting in-patients but patients are sent a postal test prior to their admission and must self-isolate for 4 days before coming to the centre.

Most outpatient appointments and psychiatry appointments are taking place by telephone. MRI, EEG and psychology are operating as usual with Covid precautions in place.

Where possible patients should drive to the site and park in the Medical unit quadrangle. On arrival they should ring the number on their appointment letter and a nurse or Healthcare assistant will attend and take their temperature and check that they:

  • have not had a sore throat, loss of smell, or high temperature in the last few days
  • have not been in contact with anyone with COVID 19.

Carers or relatives will be asked to stay in the car unless absolutely essential to the patients care and wellbeing.

Our medical services

Through the monitoring and observation from the multi-disciplinary team, the centre aims to provide an accurate diagnosis, improve seizure control, optimise drug therapy and assess the skills associated with activities of daily living.

Our consultants

Professor Ley Sander

Ley Sander is Professor of Neurology, Head of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Consultant Neurologist at UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Medical Director at Epilepsy Society.

Getting a referral

NHS referrals can be made by consultant letter or through the GP e-referral system.

Write to: Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 0RJ.Telephone: 01494 601 435.

Your appointment

At the Sir William Gowers Centre, we provide assessment in a relaxed atmosphere aiming to meet your individual needs whether you are coming to the centre as an inpatient, outpatient or daycase admission.

Day case admissions

You may be asked to come to the Sir William Gowers Centre as a day case admission. You will not be required to stay overnight so will not need to bring an overnight bag with you. However, you should bring your medication and continue to take it as normal.

Inpatients

While at the Sir William Gowers Centre we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. The following information will help you to prepare for your visit. If you have any questions about your stay, please contact us on 01494 601 480.

Outpatients

The following information will help you to prepare for your outpatient appointment at the Sir William Gowers Centre. If you have any questions about your appointment, please contact us on 01494 601435.