You will be assessed on an individual basis, according to your specific needs. The diagnosis of epilepsy is based on finding out what happens before, during and after a seizure. It’s important for us to gather as much information as possible from relatives and carers who have seen your events.

Tests include EEG (Electroencephalography) and video telemetry (video monitoring and EEG together) which provides information about your seizures. We also use additional monitoring including CCTV and video cameras to support the assessment.

Specialist Staff

Medical and nursing support is provided by expert and experienced staff. These include:

Dr Maria Oto Dr. Maria Oto - Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Dr. Oto is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and specialist in epilepsy. She has published widely and is on the editorial board of the European Epilepsy journal ‘Seizure’. She is an expert in diagnostic issues, treatment of epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and psychiatric co morbidities and epilepsy. Dr Oto was previously Medical Director at the Scottish Epilepsy Centre.

 Saif Razvi

Dr. Saif Razvi - Consultant Neurologist

Dr. Razvi is a consultant neurologist and specialist in epilepsy at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow. He also provides epilepsy services to NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Western Isles. His interests include treatment-resistant epilepsy, non-epileptic attack disorder and the use of telemedicine in the assessment of epilepsy and related disorders.

Dr Aline Russell

Dr Aline Russell – Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist

Dr Russell is a consultant clinical neurophysiologist with an interest in epilepsy and EEG. Special interests include diagnostic EEG monitoring, the assessment of patients for potential epilepsy surgery and short video EEG for the diagnosis of non-epileptic seizures. She is also a coordinator for the UK and EURAP Epilepsy and Pregnancy registers.

Julia Hampshire

Julia Hampshire - Clinical Physiologist (Neurophysiology)


Julia joined the Scottish Epilepsy Centre as the clinical physiologist in 2005. She trained in neurophysiology in London, and worked for many years in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, having an early interest in videotelemetry and ambulatory EEG monitoring. 

Dr James Anderson

James Anderson - Clinical Psychologist


James has significant experience in the assessment and management of patients in complex health settings. He is developing the research and educational programme within the Centre and expanding therapeutic interventions for people with complex epilepsy and non epileptic attacks.

Joanne Hill

Joanne Hill - Clinical Nurse Specialist

Joanne worked in the community as an Epilepsy and Learning Disability Nurse Specialist before becoming the Epilepsy Nurse Specialist at the Scottish Epilepsy Centre. She has considerable experience working with patients who have a range of complex diagnostic issues and coordinates inpatient and outpatient care, working closely with the medical team as a nurse prescriber.

Gerard Gahagan

Gerard Gahagan – Head of Service - Epilepsy

Gerard is a manager from a nursing background with extensive experience in the voluntary sector and the NHS. Gerard has experience of quality and project management at a senior level. He is responsible for the overall management of the Scottish Epilepsy Centre, coordinating and supporting the function of the multi-disciplinary team.

Lorraine Jackson

Lorraine Jackson - Nurse Manager

Lorraine is a Learning Disability Nurse and has many years of experience working with people with a range of neurological conditions including epilepsy. She has previously worked within NHS Learning Disability Services and acute services. Lorraine is responsible for In-patient services within the SEC.



Joan Kane - Sleep Physiologist

Joan is a sleep physiologist certified by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRTP) who joined the team in 2012.  She initially trained in respiratory physiology in Glasgow and more recently was the deputy lab manager at the University of Glasgow Sleep Centre where they carried out research into Insomnia. Her interests include parasomnia, narcolepsy and epilepsy. She is also currently studying clinical neurophysiology at Caledonian University.

 Heather Thomson

Heather Thomson – Hotel Services Manager

Heather joined Quarriers in 2005, coming from a hotel background.  After several years in administration and office management for Quarriers, Heather joined the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in 2014, overseeing the running of the building.  Heather manages the administration, catering and domestic teams and also the onsite William Quarrier Conference Centre.


The unit is staffed with a minimum one registered nurse and two support staff during the day, and at night there is a minimum of one registered nurse and one support staff.