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“This week, after a lot of hard work, the first patients are being admitted to the new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Cork University Hospital” says David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East.

“This new Epilepsy Unit has been in development for some time and having worked on this project over the past year, I am very pleased to see the doors finally open.

“The EMU will significantly enhance the services that the hospital can offer to people with epilepsy in the region, particularly those with acutely unstable epilepsy and chronic disabling epilepsy.

“This facility will benefit all epilepsy patients in the southern region of Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

“The new unit consists of a customised four-bed room with continuous nursing supervision and continuous 24/7 video EEG monitoring. Nursing and medical staff working in the EMU will record patients and analyse epileptic seizures in a safe environment, identify patients who may be suitable for epilepsy surgery and educate and advise people with epilepsy.

“This is a great development for Cork University Hospital. I would like to commend all those involved in campaigning for the unit.”