Epilepsy is currently defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures (sometimes called fits). A seizure is caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, causing a temporary disruption in the normal message passing between brain cells. This disruption results in the brain’s messages becoming halted or mixed up.

For complete information please click this Epilepsy Action web site link to access some key points from the web their web site. In order to assist you to navigate we have provided some key areas of interest with a short summary for each point.

Sometimes the reason epilepsy develops is clear. It could be because of brain damage caused by a difficult birth; a severe blow to the head; a stroke which starves the brain of oxygen; or an infection of the brain such as meningitis. Very occasionally the cause is a brain tumour. Epilepsy with a known cause is called ‘symptomatic’ epilepsy. For most people - six out of ten, in fact - there is no known cause and this is called ‘idiopathic’ epilepsy.

There is no conclusive test for epilepsy, although tests such as the electroencephalogram (EEG) – which records brainwave patterns - can give doctors useful information. Epilepsy should be diagnosed by a doctor with specialist training in epilepsy. An epilepsy specialist will use their own expert knowledge, along with test results and the patient’s or witness’s accounts of the seizures, to make the diagnosis.

Because epilepsy is currently defined as the tendency to have recurrent seizures, it is unusual to be diagnosed with epilepsy after only one seizure. In the UK around one in 20 people will have a single seizure at some point in their life, whereas one in 131 people have epilepsy.

Many people believe that epilepsy is something you are born with. In fact, epilepsy can begin at any time in life, from birth right through to old age. It is only relatively recently, however, that doctors are realising just how frequently epilepsy begins in later life. And, because people are now living longer, epilepsy in older people is now very common. For more information please review the link above (Epilepsy in later life)

If you require more information or would like to talk to someone please vist the Helpline link below or call 0808 800 5050

The table below contains a list of recommended travel / holiday Insurance companies who will provide insurance cover with Epilepsy conditions.

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Recommended List Of Insurance Companies To Contact
Insurer or Broker Phone Number WebSite / Email Medical Conditions Covered
Staysure Travel Insurance 08442770844 Web: www.staysure.co.uk

Email: info@staysure.co.uk
Staysure Travel Insurance - Will cover this condition as well as pre-existing Medical Conditions.

Over 250 minor conditions are covered free of charge, with screening options available for more serious conditions.
Essential Travel
  Backpackers Travel Insurance

Web: Essential Travel

Essential Travel

* Cancellation cover has increased to £5000 (from £3000) * Many improved benefits for Superior Policies including increased hospital benefits and personal accident cover * ALL trips on multi-trip policy are 45 days in length * No annual multi-trips for people aged 70+ * No sports equipment cover up to £1000 - this is covered under Baggage and bikes are excluded * Some sports will be covered under different grades * Winter Sports is becoming a separate top up policy that will cover a variety of winter sports * The Standard Policy will be covering less (see spreadsheet) * Some price changes/small increases but the lead in rates will remain the same for 23 year olds and under.

* Full list of changes click here
* The Policy Wording Booklet click here
Travel Insurance Medical 0844 277 9787 Pre Existing Medical Condition Insurance

Web: www.travelinsurancemedical.co.uk
Travel Insurance Medical  is underwritten by Mapfre Assistance and specialises in providing great value, quality travel cover for those of all ages who may be travelling with a pre-existing medical condition. Prices are exceptionally low and cover can be offered at either basic or comprehensive level.

Travel Insurance Medical

Travel Insurance Medical can cover 220 pre-existing conditions free of charge and more serious medical conditions including cancer, circulation problems and heart conditions can be covered with ease via online medical screening.
Medicover Travel 0870 735 3600 www.medi-cover.co.uk/ Epilepsy friendly in some instances.
Free Spirit 0845 230 5000 www.free-spirit.com/ Epilepsy friendly in some instances.
Citybond Suretravel Customer Care Team 0870 444 6431 Web: www.citybond.co.uk

Email: online@citybond.co.uk
Cover most Neurological Conditions Including - Epilepsy
World First Travel Insurance 0345 90 80 161 Web:  www.world-first.co.uk

Email:   info@world-first.co.uk
World First Travel Insurance specialise cover for people with all types of pre-existing health problems. Over 1,000 different conditions can be covered on a worldwide basis and every quote is tailored to your individual needs.

World First are a family firm based in the UK with over 30 years travel insurance experience and offer a wide range of policies including single and annual multi-trip, backpacker and cruise cover. Screening is undertaken entirely in-house and you will not be asked to call anyone else to discuss your medical problems.
J.D. Travel Insurance Consultants 01689 859102
Entirely a UK based company.
Cover most Neurological Conditions Including - Epilepsy