This article examines trends in mortality and hospital admissions associated with epilepsy in England and Wales during the 1990s. Mortality data were analysed for the period 1993 to 2000. Data on hospital admissions where the main diagnosis was epilepsy were obtained from the Hospital Episode Statistics information service of the Department of Health and analysed for the period 1991/92 to 2000/01. There were about 800 deaths per year where epilepsy was the underlying cause and about 37,000 admissions where epilepsy was the main diagnosis. Both mortality and hospital admission rates for epilepsy remained relatively stable during the periods examined.