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Visit the information section of our website, call the UK Freephone helpline on 0808 800 5050 or use the email helpline.

Head office address

New Anstey House
Gate Way Drive
Yeadon, LEEDS
LS19 7XY
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  • Phone: 0113 210 8800 (UK) or +44 (0)113 210 8800 (international)
  • Fax: 0113 391 0300 (UK) or +44 (0)113 391 0300 (international)
  • Email: epilepsy@epilepsy.org.uk

Press office for journalists

  • Press office phone: 0113 210 8870 (UK) or +44 (0)113 210 8870 (international)
  • Press office email: press@epilepsy.org.uk

Getting to our head office

Epilepsy Action's headquarters are in Yeadon, 9 miles north-west of Leeds city centre and 7 miles north of Bradford city centre.

By car

Yeadon is on the A65 Leeds to Ilkley road.  Epilepsy Action's headquarters are on Gate Way Drive, off Whack House Lane.

By train

The nearest railway station is at Guiseley (no taxi rank, local taxi numbers) 1½ miles away.

Leeds city centre station (9 miles away) is served by direct trains from most major cities across the UK and is around 30 minutes away by taxi (rank at the station entrance, fares around £20).

By cycle

Use the Cycle Streets journey planner to find the best route to cycle to our head office. 

By air

Leeds-Bradford International Airport is only 2½ miles away. Direct scheduled flights are available to/from many British and European cities.

By bus

Yeadon is served by a number of bus routes. The easiest way to find the right bus to our offices is by using the Metro journey planner.

  • To/from Leeds city centre and Kirkstall: buses 33 and 34
  • To/from Harrogate: 747
  • To/from Otley: 34
  • To/from Horsforth railway station and Headingley: 27
  • To/from Bradford: 737 (via Shipley) and 747 (via Greengates)
  • To/from Guiseley: 33, 34, 27 and 737

Comments: read the 12 comments or add yours


I have recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and I was given epilim 500 because this stopped/helped my seizures my neurologist told me I probably didn't have epilepsy which were focal seizures. Since then I nearly crossed a road at a crossing before it was safe someone stopped me i was not aware of my actions I told my doctor who told me if it happens again to come back she eventually wrote to my neurologist who has suggested increasing my tablets but still implies I do not have epilepsy I'm confused ?? What are my focal seizures they are related to head injuries I have had a TBI and a second head injury in 2010 thankyou

Submitted by Debbie Grinnell on

Hi Debbie, 

Thank you for your post. 

This does sound confusing.

It sounds like your GP is quite supportive so could you talk to them about your concern. It may be they will arrange for you to have an appointment with the neurologist. Or if necessary they may refer you to a different neurologist.

If you haven’t already you may find it helpful to look at information on what is epilepsy, diagnosis epilepsy and treatments. This may help you put some questions to your GP and neurologist.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact our helpline team directly. You can either email helpline@epilespy.org.uu or phone the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

My 4 year old granddaughter has doose (rare). Do you know if the meds affect her speech. She talks very well at times but can't speak clearly at other times. Is it the seizures or the meds which cause her inablilty to speak. She seems better in the afternoon. Worse when she first wakes up. Sometimes she speaks very clearly and other times she has trouble. Thank you

Submitted by tess fry on

Dear Tess

It is possible for some epilepsy medicine and some types of epilepsy to affect speech.

Some children with Doose syndrome can experience some learning difficulties, which may affect their speech.

If you let me know which epilepsy medicine your granddaughter takes, I can look at the possible side-effects for you. Alternately you can look on the information sheet with her medicine.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

Hi there my name is Laurika. Just want to find out does it mean my baby has Epilepsy now if he has Fallen and hit his head on a pavement.?? He had a fit for few seconds. Pulled his head backwards and eyes rolled and shaking of the body .They did CT SCAN and informed us that he has a bleeding on the right frontal lobe and kept him for observation for 2 nights. NO MORE FITS!! Then discharged him and gave him Epilim 200mg he takes 1ml in the morning and 1ml at night. He must use it for the next 3months... Please advise

Submitted by Laurika Moolman... on

Hi Laurika, it sounds as though you have had a really worrying time with your baby. I can understand that you feel concerned about whether your son has epilepsy. Someone can have a provoked seizure because of a head injury but it doesn’t always mean they have epilepsy. And the doctor may have prescribed epilim as a precaution until things settle down. We aren’t able to diagnose whether someone has epilepsy or not though so it would be best to talk to your son’s GP about your worries.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

Hi my name is Meena I’m from Afghanistan I have epilepsy i need to your help my mom is widow my father is death I don’t have father and brother my epilepsy medicine is so expensive i can’t manage my mom is so worried for me we don’t have money to buy epilepsy medicine please help me I want your help

Submitted by Meena on

Hi Meena

I’m sorry to hear you’re having such a difficult time. We can provide advice and information about epilepsy, but we can’t offer financial help. I really hope you are able to find some support in your country.

If you have any questions about epilepsy then please feel free to email us at the Epilepsy Action Helpline, helpline@epilepsy.org.uk

Best wishes


Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Grace - Epileps... on


We are on holiday in Montenegro and my son had a seizure two days ago. He is a very healthy child, with no medical conditions and this was his first seizure.

His convulsions lasted for 30 seconds. Am ambulance was called and we were fully checked out in hospital, blood tests all ok, though he was dehydrated - so this is sited as a possible cause and he possibly had intestinal parasites that we have been advised to get checked when we get home in a weeks time.

The hospital have suggested we go to the capital 4 hours away for an Eeg before we fly home. I would rather do this at home, under the control of our own doctor. Is there any reason that ‘must’ do this here in Montenegro? As my understanding is that an EEG is only part of the diagnosis tools available and on its own it won’t be conclusive.

Can you advise?

Submitted by Nia Price on

Hi Nia

I’ve responded to your email. Hopefully you’ve got that reply now. Do get back to us if we can help more.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry - Epilep... on

I want to ask questions about epilepsy not answered on your site. Is the address listed above:


the write place to ask? Is there a more appropriate email address to write to?

Submitted by Rhi on

Hi Rhi,

Thanks for your comment - if your question is related to epilepsy, it might be better to contact helpline@epilepsy.org.uk. If it's about Epilepsy Action as an organisation, use epilepsy@epilepsy.org.uk.

Many thanks,

Josh - Epilepsy Action

Submitted by Josh - Epilepsy... on

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