Exclusion unnecessary for epilepsy

2nd May 1997 at 01:00
I am a school nurse, covering 16 schools, and I have a special interest in epilepsy.

While waiting in a staff room, I browsed through a copy of The TES and came across an article entitled "Don't wait for tragedy to strike" (February 14).

On reading the paragraph where it mentions "tactfully" excluding children with epilepsy from school trips in order to "not place such a burden on the staff", I was amazed, upset, annoyed and devastated, as I am sure any pupil or parent must be who is confronted with such a statement.

If children who suffer from epilepsy are really being prevented from taking part in activities, may I suggest that the school seeks advice and education on this subject, as there should be very few restrictions for these children, provided sensible precautions are taken?

Advice can be obtained from the School Health Service, or from an organisation such as the British Epilepsy Association (helpline: 0800 309030). I am also happy to be contacted.

MARY GRAYDON

Attleborough Health Clinic Attleborough Norfolk

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