Royal Free Neuromuscular Clinic NHS

Contact information

020 7794 0500
Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street
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51.5530368, -0.1653391

The Royal Free Neuromuscular Centre based at the Royal Free Hospital London is a neuromuscular service which offers clinical service and research into neuromuscular disorders.

The centre deals with disorders of muscle, nerve, and neuromuscular junction providing special clinics for muscle, nerve, motor neuron disease, and myasthenia gravis. The centre includes specialists in Neurology, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, and multidisciplinary management, covering all aspects of treatment that may be necessary for patients.

The Royal Free Neuromuscular Centre is linked to the UCL Institute of Neurology, and all patients have the opportunity to participate in research if they so wish. All of the staff at the centre are involved in continuing education to ensure they are up to date with the latest developments with research, with the consultants attend national and international neuromuscular meetings.

How to access the service

To attend the clinic you must be referred by either a GP, consultant or physiotherapist and can then access the electronic NHS Choose and Book system which gives patients a choice of place, date and time for their first outpatient appointment in a hospital or clinic.

The team

Professor Lionel Ginsberg

Consultant Neurologist

Professor Ginsberg has a special interest in general neurology, stroke, and peripheral nerve diseases. In addition to his work at the Royal Free Hospital professor Ginsberg is the Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL having previously been an honorary lecturer in neurology at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Richard Orrell

Consultant Neurologist

As well as being the Senior lecturer in Clinical Neurosciences, University College London Institute of Neurology, Dr. Orrell’s speciality clinical interests include muscle and nerve disease, including muscular dystrophy, FSHD, myotonic dystrophy, myositis, neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, spinal muscular atrophy, motor neuron disease, and genetic disorders. Dr Orrell performs muscle and nerve biopsies.

Professor Tony Schapira

Consultant Neurologist

Professor Schapira’s main research interests are in neurodegeneration and are focussed on the molecular pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and in the development of drugs for slowing the progress of this disease. The professor is also the Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at UCL Institute of Neurology.

Other key people in the team include:

  • Dr Tom Tidswell, Consultant Neurophysiologist
  • Dr Bryan Youl, Consultant Neurophysiologist
  • Dr Malcolm Galloway, Consultant Pathologist
  • Dr. Ros King, Honorary Pathologist
  • Fiona Kelly, Neurosciences Clinical Lead For Rehabilitation
  • Nedialka Ritcheva, Muscle And Nerve Biopsy Laboratory Manager
  • Dr Dean Creer, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Including NIV Service
  • Dr Paramjit Jeetley, Consultant Cardiologist



Clinics are held at Royal Free Hospital

  • Nerve and Muscle Biopsy
  • Neurogenetics
  • Neuromuscular clinic
  • Disorders of muscle and nerve