Since 1979, Wake Forest College has operated an Epilepsy Support Hotline. Here is a short question and answer from Dr. Gibson of Wake Forest to Dr. Donahue, medical columnist, about the hotline.
The Epilepsy Information Service, [has operated] since 1979. We have taken more than half a million calls during this time and are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our toll-free number is 800-642-0500.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I saw a copy of your column in which a writer asked about resources for epilepsy information other than the Internet. I thought I might let you know that I have operated a nationwide, toll-free information line on epilepsy, called the Epilepsy Information Service, since 1979. We have taken more than half a million calls during this time and are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are more than happy to discuss most any aspect of epilepsy and its ramifications with callers. When we don’t have the answers, we will do everything we can to seek them out, if there are answers. We also make referrals to other key agencies or resources that may not be known to the caller. If there is any way we can be of assistance to those seeking information or support, we are happy to do so. Our toll-free number is 800-642-0500. — P. Gibson, director, Epilepsy Information Service, Wake Forest School of Medicine.
ANSWER: Thank you so much for making my readers and me cognizant of your services. I receive many questions from readers who have epilepsy or have a relative or friend who has it. They will be happy to learn of this information center.