First fit clinic
We offer phone appointments.
How to get an appointment
You can be referred by your GP or the emergency department (A&E).
You'll have an appointment within 4 weeks.
Changing or cancelling your appointment
Email: [email protected]
Before your appointment
Try to note down what happened before, during and after your collapse or seizure. You could also ask a person who was with you during the event to write down what they saw.
You should avoid activities where it could be dangerous if you collapse or have a seizure.
Do not drive until you've had your appointment at the first fit clinic. If a cause of your symptoms is found, you might be able to drive. It's important to check with your medical team before driving.
You need to tell the DVLA about a seizure. You will not be allowed to drive for at least 6 months. It's a criminal offence if you drive during this time, or if you do not tell the DVLA, and you might be fined.
- a list of medicines you're taking
You should also follow the following instructions:
- have a shower rather than a bath. If you need to use the bath, only use shallow water
- cook when someone is nearby. Use the back of the stove to try to prevent burns
- do not lock the bathroom door
- do not stand too close to the platform edge if you're using the train
- do not go swimming or do other water sports on your own. If you want to go swimming, you should tell a member of staff or lifeguard about your seizure
- do not work on ladders, roofs or scaffolding
- do not use power tools, such as a chain saw or manufacturing equipment
During your appointment
Your appointment will be with a member of the neurology team over the phone. We'll speak to you within 4 weeks of your event.
Your appointment will last 10 to 30 minutes.
We'll ask you about your symptoms and medical history.
After your appointment
We'll write to you and your GP with details of the outcome. We'll contact you to arrange any follow-up appointments needed.
The neurology team might book some tests and arrange for you to be seen by a consultant neurologist in person. If possible, a witness of your event should come to this appointment with you.
Tests might include an MRI scan or an EEG. These tests might be done at Guy's Hospital or St Thomas' Hospital, so please check your appointment letter before travelling.