Leeds Children’s Hospital NHS Trust

Contact information

(0113) 2432799
Leeds General Infirmary
Great George Street
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53.8025431, -1.5528919

The Leeds Children’s Hospital is recognised by Muscular Dystrophy UK as a Paediatric Centre of Clinical Excellence. The Paediatric Neuromuscular Disease Unit at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust cares for children and young adults with rare and complex conditions affecting muscle function. The centre provides services across the region.

The service receives referrals from the local area and paediatric teams from North and West Yorkshire, along with Hull and the East Riding.

Access to specialist services, such as those available at Leeds, enables families to receive expert guidance on diagnosis and management, including specialist therapies and support.

They hold specialist and subspeciality multidisciplinary outpatient clinics in Leeds and provide outreach neurology clinics in all the hospitals in the region, together with some regional neuromuscular clinics. There are dedicated children’s neuroscience, respiratory and critical care wards where children are looked after by clinical staff experienced in the management of children with neuromuscular conditions.

How to access the service

To access the neuromuscular unit a patient can be referred by either a GP, consultant or a care advisor.

The team

Dr Anne-Marie Childs

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Dr Childs leads the Paediatric Neuromuscular Service in Leeds and runs outreach clinics across West and North Yorkshire and Humberside. Dr Childs has played a major role in developing the service in the region which has led to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust being recognised as a Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Centre of Excellence.

Sue Manning

Regional Care Advisor

Sue supports both adults and children with muscle disease at the Leeds General Infirmary. She also supports children and their families at clinics in Halifax, Hull and Bradford. Sue has worked as a neuromuscular care advisor since 1994. She is an Occupational Therapist and has previously worked in palliative care, children's services, social care and mental health services. Get in touch with Sue by E: sue.manning@leedsth.nhs.uk or T: 0113 3923113.

Dr Karen Pysden

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Dr Pysden is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist with an interest in neuromuscular disorders working in the Paediatric Neuromuscular service in Leeds. She works within the team with the aim of delivering a patient centred multidisciplinary service to the region.

Lindsey Pallant

Specialist Neuromuscular Paediatric Physiotherapist

Other key people in the team include:

  • Dr Fiona Willcoxson, Consultant Paediatric Cardiology
  • Dr Matthew Morrall, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist
  • Philip Chetcuti, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician
  • Mark Elliott, Consultant Respiratory Physician
  • Mr Dashti, Consultant Spinal Surgeon (Visiting)
  • Claire Holden, Specialist Spinal Nurse (Visiting)
  • Talat Mushtaq, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist
  • Eamonn Sheridan, Clinical Geneticist
  • David Crabbe, Paediatric Surgeon
  • Aruna Chakrabarty, Consultant Neuropathologist
  • Jeannette Kraft, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist
  • Brain Scott, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Catherine Szeplaki, Specialist Neuromuscular Children's Occupational Therapist
  • Sarah Cozens, Specialist Long Term Ventilation Children's Nurse
  • Sharon Sloan, Specialist Long Term Ventilation Children's Nurse
  • Louise Bisset, Speech And Language Therapist
  • Kathryn Lightfoot, Dietician
  • Catherine Wilshaw, Physiotherapist
  • Alistair Duff, Consultant Psychologist



Clinics are held at Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, York and Hull

  • General Neuromuscular clinic
  • Neuromuscular Spinal clinic
  • Neuromuscular Respiratory clinic
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy boys on steroid treatment
  • Transition clinics
  • SMA clinic
  • HMSN clinic
  • FOR-DMD study research clinic