HUDDERSFIELD Epilepsy Group has reassured epilepsy sufferers that it will not be stopping its support services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Some epilepsy sufferers had mistakenly thought the group was being replaced at HRI by information and support services offered by the Epilepsy Information Network, which was set up by charity National Society in 2000.
However, the EIN plans to complement Huddersfield Epilepsy Group's services, not replace them.
Joan Gorton founded the Huddersfield group with husband Tony 30 years ago. It raises funds for the Epilepsy Action charity and volunteers provide support and advice for epilepsy patients at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Mrs Gorton, of Dalton, said: "We want to reassure people that the Huddersfield Epilepsy Group will still be there."
While Huddersfield Epilepsy Group provides support and advice for adult epilepsy sufferers at the hospital, EIN volunteers will offer similar services to children with the condition.
EIN volunteers will also visit local schools to educate children about epilepsy and its effects.
Alan Davies, EIN manager for north east England, said: "There seems to have been a misunderstanding that the EIN was going to take over.
"We will be collaborating with the support group that is already there.
"Joan and Tony have had a group there for many years and have done tremendous work."
He said EIN volunteers would not be at the hospital until the end of January, because they have to be trained and undergo police checks.