NHS Lothian Appoints Epilepsy Expert

People with epilepsy living in or near Edinburgh will soon be able to see a leading specialist thanks to the recent appointment of consultant neurologist Susan Duncan.

With one in 130 people likely to develop epilepsy during their lifetime, NHS Lothian will provide a lifeline to nearly 6,000 people living in the NHS Lothian area with this new appointment.

Professor James Barbour, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said:

"On behalf of NHS Lothian, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Susan and I hope she will enjoy many successes in her new role. Susan has an impressive track record in her field and people with epilepsy in Lothian will now reap the benefits of that."

Epilepsy Scotland's Chief Executive Susan Douglas-Scott said:

"Epilepsy can be life-threatening for some people so I am delighted at this key appointment. Having an epileptologist who can see someone with suspected epilepsy means that each person will receive an expert diagnosis. Research already shows that one in four people have been misdiagnosed as having epilepsy. This statistic drops dramatically when an epilepsy specialist is involved.
"We are delighted that Susan Duncan will also help to reduce waiting times and make services more effective when she takes up her new post in June 2007. She is a welcome expert, a returning Scot and a well known consultant in the field of epilepsy. People and their families will be having the best possible care and attention. This post will also develop the good work started by the south-east Scotland Managed Clinical Network for Epilepsy."

Dr Susan Duncan grew up in Musselburgh and went to Edinburgh University. She began her neurological training in Scotland's Capital before undertaking a period of research in the Epilepsy Research Unit at Glasgow's Western Infirmary, with Professor Martin Brodie. Dr Duncan continued her interest in epilepsy as a senior registrar in Dundee and followed this up with two periods of attachment as a clinical fellow in the Montreal Neurological Hospital in Canada.

She has been a consultant neurologist in the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre Hope hospital Salford and, although she considers Manchester one of the liveliest places in Europe, she is delighted to be returning to her favourite city.