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Today we’re celebrating the 50th ‘work-iversary’ of Janet Pearson, a Clinical Neurophysiologist and Epilepsy Surgery Coordinator at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.Janet coordinates the Epilepsy Surgery Programme, which was set up 20 years ago with the aim of improving the lives of people living with intractable epilepsy. Intractable epilepsy is when a patient’s seizures fail to come under control with treatment.“It’s hard to believe that when I left school, I didn’t think I had the constitution to become a nurse. I applied for a job in what I thought was a laboratory.“Little did I know that my chosen career pathway would take me to many high intensity clinical areas e.g. ITU, SCBU and theatre, caring directly for patients.“Twenty years ago, an Epilepsy Surgery Programme was set up within the department at the Royal Hallamshire working closely with Neurology and Neurosurgery. I am part of a brilliant and dedicated team working hard to improve the lives of people with intractable epilepsy.“We investigate whether it would be possible to offer them an operation to reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures with an aim, in some cases, to stop them all together. The proposed outcome is dependent on the results of pre-operation investigations.“The Programme has advanced considerably over the last two decades. This could not have been achieved without the aid of Neurocare/ Sheffield Hospitals Charity. They have allowed us to purchase additional equipment in the modern purpose-built telemetry unit to increase the number of patients we are able to treat.“The journey from entering the Epilepsy Surgery Programme to surgery can take over two years, then there is the post-op care. I am involved in their care from the onset and keep in touch throughout and beyond.“I have witnessed people achieving things in their life which just would not have been possible without the Epilepsy Surgery and the feedback I receive is so gratifying and heart-warming.”Thank you to Janet for telling your story and for everything you have done for patients over the past five decades!Read the full interview with Janet at neurocare.org.uk/news/celebrating-50th-anniversary-jp/ ...
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