Help for those who need it most
Help in Nepal
Children in Nepal outreach clinic waiting to be checked for epilepsy
A baby patient in Laos undergoing an EEG test
About the TeleEEG service
Why we help
More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. More than 80% of these people live in low or middle income countries. In these countries up to 90% of people with epilepsy are not given the correct treatment. This is called the Treatment Gap. We aim to close this gap with the help of accurate epilepsy diagnosis through TeleEEG and hence well-tailored drug treatment.
Proof of concept of TeleEEG was provided in a novel service for remote EEG reporting for a hospital in Truro, Cornwall, UK in 2011 (read paper). The first of our TeleEEG services in the developing world was set up in Dhulikhel hospital outside Kathmandu in Nepal in 2012. Over 500 TeleEEG interpretations have since been generated from this hospital alone. Since then, TeleEEG services have been provided in the Caribbean, Swaziland, Laos, Myanmar and India
What is TeleEEG?
Meet the TeleEEG primary team
The TeleEEG team is made up of medical consultants, volunteers and professionals worldwide. Here are the team that make it happen.
Dr. Stephen Coates
Dr Stephen Coates obtained his first degree of BEng (Hons) in communications systems in 1987 specialising in satellite communication. He became a Chartered Engineer in 1990. He attended Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School UK and graduated in 2000 with MBBS.
He became a Consultant Physician specialising in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2007. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) in 2008.
Steve is a Member of the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, International League Against Epilepsy and British Medical Association. He currently works as a Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Dr. Tan Chong Tin
FRCP, MD (UM), MBBS (Melb) .Trained in Melbourne, Professor Dr Tan Chong Tin's area of expertise is in clinical neurology. His work has been published in numerous academic journals. His research works include Asian multiple sclerosis, central nervous system infections, Nipah encephalitis, cryptococcal meningitis and psychosocial aspects of epilepsy. For his contributions, he has been awarded the Merdeka Award for Health, Science, and Technology: as Leader of the Nipah encephalitis Investigating Team, University of Malaya, PETRONAS, ExxonMobil and Shell; the Mahathir Science Award: as Leader of the Nipah Encephalitis Investigating Team, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya , Academy of Science Malaysia; and Ambassador For Epilepsy for his outstanding personal contribution to international activities advancing the cause of epilepsy, International League Against Epilepsy and International Bureau of Epilepsy.
Initially obtaining a degree in Physics at the University of Exeter, he trained as a Clinical Physiologist at the Park Hospital for Children in Oxford obtaining his second degree in Neurophysiology from Middlesex University.
Michael moved to Optima Medical Ltd providing sales and application support throughout the UK and Ireland, before taking on the role of Business Manager looking after the sales and operational management of the Neurophysiology Business Unit. Currently Michael is working towards obtaining an MBA. Outside of work, Michael continues to support multiple charitable organisations running marathons.
Anne Clarke is a Specialist Clinical Physiologist within Neurophysiology working in Truro Hospital in Cornwall UK with over twenty-five years’ experience within the NHS. In 2006 she co-formed a private company which provided EEG work to the private sector and locum work within the NHS. In 2008 she began working with Bespoke Healthcare Ltd and for the last 6 years has led their Neurophysiology service contract with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.
Four years ago she began to help support the Nepal TeleEEG project, visiting there in 2012 with plans for future trips into the Developing World. She is joint author in the paper Tele-EEG in the UK: a report of over 1,000 patients, Coates S, Clarke A, Davison G, Patterson V. J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Jul;18(5):243-6.
With thanks to...
We rely on donations of equipment, time and resources to fund our work. Without the help of the below companies, individuals and organisations, a lot of our work would not be possible.
Supply of an XLTEK EEG Machine to Nepal and to Laos.
Kind donation of various EEG peripherals.
George & Nora Porter
Monkseaton, UK - Donation of a wireless EEG headset
UK - Donation of a Routine and Ambulatory EEG package