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Annual Review Leaflet

– Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures. The cells in the brain (neurons) conduct electrical signals and communicate with each other using chemical messengers. During a seizure there are abnormal bursts of neurons firing off electrical impulses, which can cause the brain and body to behave strangely. The severity of seizures varies from person to person.

For most people with epilepsy, treatment with medications called anti-epileptic drugs is recommended. These medications cannot cure epilepsy, but they are often very effective in controlling seizures.

Due to your condition and any medication you are taking, it is important that you have a check-up each year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday.

There are 2 steps to your annual review. The first step is to have an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant for your blood test and blood pressure check. The second step is an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your test results and your epilepsy.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I need to wait a week to see the Practice Nurse?
It can take a few days for blood tests to be processed by the hospital and the results to be sent to the GP Surgery.

I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?

Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse. Your nurse will indicate below what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions.


You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due. Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery on:
01584 872 939 after 10:00am and make 2 appointments:

  • First appointment – with a Healthcare Assistant for a blood test and blood pressure check.
  • Second appointment – with a Practice Nurse at least 1 week later to discuss the results of your tests and your conditions.

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