Human Resources

Epilepsy

First aid

People with epilepsy have repeated seizures which are caused by a sudden excessive burst of electrical activity in the brain.  Because the brain controls everything in the body, a seizure can affect different functions including behaviour, and muscle activity resulting in twitching of the limbs, stiffness, loss of consciousness or a temporary loss of awareness.  Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes but usually stop without the need for any treatment. The appearance of someone having a seizure can be alarming but it’s important to remain calm and to give them plenty of room to move.  Do not attempt to restrain them as this could result in injury to them or you. 

If you are concerned about someone you believe is having a seizure then call 666 or your nearest first aider.