‘There will be some children for whom it will make a huge difference’ – meet the Sheffield doctor about to prescribe cannabis to kids with epilepsy

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A small group of children in Sheffield with the most severe forms of epilepsy will soon be among the first to be prescribed with cannabis in a trial that could pave the way for the treatment to be rolled out to hundreds more people. In the next few weeks, Dr Chris Rittey, a consultant pediatric neurologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, has the unenviable task of identifying just five children from the hundreds on his books to act as trailblazers in a study of the drug’s effectiveness.

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