A new epilepsy nurse has been appointed at Scarborough Hospital following a four-year campaign by a local support group.
Paul Turner started work at the trust last month and has been busy getting to know patients, both at the hospital and out in the community.
For the first year, the post is being funded by the charity Epilepsy Action, and it is hoped that York health trust will continue funding the role after that time.
Mr Turner, who is originally from Warrington, has been working in a similar role in Kent for the last four years.
He said: “The difference was that down there I was a community nurse, whereas here I’ll be based at the hospital.
“However I’m very keen to see people in their local setting.”
Mr Turner is working full time at Scarborough at the moment, but is looking forward to working across the patch in Malton, Bridlington and Whitby.
He said: “I’ll be able to do home visits, particularly for people who are elderly or frail.
“It’s opening up the whole area, where people haven’t had these services before.
“As good as GPs and neurologists are, there are people that can fall between the two.
“Part of my job is to link up between the hospital and the GP.”
Mr Turner added: “Scarborough is really nice and I’m very enthusiastic about working here.
“People need this service and it hasn’t been available up until now.
“It’s about sorting things out and improving people’s quality of life. About 70 per cent of people can get good control of their seizures with the right treatment - that’s what spurs me on.”
Tracey Vasey, chairman of the Scarborough branch of Epilepsy Action, is delighted that a specialist nurse has been appointed following more than four years of campaigning.
She said: “It’s great that we’ve got somebody now - hopefully everything will pull together. Having a specialist nurse will really help people with the condition. People will be getting proper care and support, which will improve their health and wellbeing.”