The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre

The only residential assessment and treatment centre in Scotland for adults with epilepsy.

The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre


We are an independent hospital operated by health and social care charity Quarriers providing unique epilepsy services to patients and clinicians across Scotland. Our modern 12-bed inpatient facility provides flexible, patient-centred residential assessment for adults aged 16 years and over.

The centre also provides outpatient and telemedicine clinics.


Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition, after stroke. Around 54,000 people in Scotland have epilepsy.

  • Everyone’s experience of epilepsy is different.
  • Epilepsy can have a significant impact on many areas of life including employment and relationships. If you have epilepsy, you must be free of seizures for at least one year before you can drive.
  • Epilepsy can be a result of an infection or brain injury, but in around seven out of ten cases, there is no known cause.
  • There are many different types of seizure and they can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
  • A person may fall to the ground and jerk uncontrollably during a seizure, or they may lose awareness or consciousness.
  • People may not have memories of a seizure after it has happened.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious.

Further information

More information about epilepsy is available from Epilepsy Scotland and the NHS. Epilepsy Scotland has a freephone confidential helpline: 0808 800 2200

What is epilepsy? from Epilepsy Scotland.

An Overview of Epilepsy from the NHS.

Patients can be referred to the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre for a number of reasons including:

  • To clarify the diagnosis and to understand the nature of your seizures.
  • To find out what happens to you during your seizures
  • To assess how your seizures affect your health and life.
  • To assess how factors in your life influence your seizures and health.
  • To assess if your seizures and illness affect your mood and memory.
  • To make changes to your treatment and medications in a safe environment.
  • To provide individual advice and support to help you live with epilepsy.

Referrals are made by patients consultants.

Epilepsy Outreach Services

Quarriers provides Epilepsy Outreach Services across the north east of Scotland, supporting people in the community who have epilepsy as well as those who support them. We can help in providing accurate information on your specific type of epileptic seizure and the physical, social, emotional and psychological effects of living with the condition.


Our pioneering Epilepsy: Train the Trainer training programme

We are proud to present our pioneering Epilepsy: Train the Trainer programme. Delivered at the state of the art William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, the aim of this three day training programme is to provide you with the skills and materials required to deliver a one day epilepsy rescue medication course within your own organisation on completion of the course.

Course Content

  • Epilepsy awareness
  • Rescue medication
  • How to deliver our pack (training materials for delivering your own course also provided)
  • How to facilitate training

Course Dates*

  • May 2024: Wednesday 15h /Thursday 16th (09:30 – 16:30) & Friday 17th (09:30 – 15:30)
  • September 2024: Wednesday 25th /Thursday 26th (09.30-16:30) & Friday 27th (09.30-15:30)

*Bespoke courses can be arranged to suit individual client needs and times, subject to sufficient numbers


£975 per person

Offline application form below.

This course is acknowledged in the Epilepsy Specialist Nurses Association Training Guidelines.

This course is designed for those who have already completed the 3 day Train the Trainer Course, to refresh their knowledge and receive up to date presentations for course delivery.

Course dates:

  • Thursday 30th March 2023 (09:30 – 12:30) – at the Epilepsy Centre
  • Thursday 11th May 2023 (09:30 – 12:30) – virtual via Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 3rd August 2023 (09:30 – 12:30) – at the Epilepsy Centre
  • Thursday 9th November 2023 (09:30 – 12:30) – virtual via Microsoft Teams


£75 per person

Offline application form below.

To apply for these courses, complete the appropriate Application Form or contact Elaine Cowan for more information. Please note, potential trainers should meet the criteria as detailed on the application form. The material from the course can only be used for participants to deliver training within their own organisation and does not support them to sell training courses

Download an application form for the three-day course

Download an application form for the refresher course

For further information, contact:
Elaine Cowan, Practice Development Nurse: [email protected]
Phone 0141 445 7767 or 07812376445

If you have any difficulties completing the downloadable application form please email Elaine Cowan and she will email you a word version.

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The William Quarrier Conference Centre

Conference facilities offering you choice and value for money in a fantastic contemporary location. Bright, fresh meeting rooms for every size of event, from a mid-morning meeting to a training event, seminar or conference. Just 10 minutes from the City Centre and from Glasgow airport, and a stone’s throw from the SEC.