Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital hosts a neuromuscular service for children as well as a respiratory service for adults and children. The children’s service is made up of a multi-disciplinary team with both general and specific clinics for children across the West Midlands.

The respiratory services for adults and children involve a multi-disciplinary weekly respiratory hub clinic with input from physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and dietetics.

How to access the service

Patients can be referred to the services at Birmingham Heartlands by their GP or hospital consultant

Main contact number:

0121 424 2000

Website:

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Dr Helen Roper

Dr Helen Roper

Consultant Neurologist

Dr Roper is a consultant paediatric neurologist specialising in muscle disease and has a special interest in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Dr Roper runs paediatric neuromuscular clinics at Heartlands Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital including a Duchenne muscular dystrophy steroid clinic and an SMA clinic.

Dr Rahul Mukerjee

Dr Rahul Mukerjee

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Dr Mukherjee leads the Respiratory Service at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital seeing both adults and children with respiratory involvement. Patients have access to a weekly multidisciplinary Respiratory hub clinic where they have access to a physiotherapist, dietician, speech and language therapist and care advisor at a single appointment.

Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor

Care Advisor

Jane provides emotional, advocacy and advice support for both adults and children living with muscle disease and is based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. Jane also provides support at other clinics throughout the West Midlands. Get in touch with Jane by E: jane.oconnor@heartofengland.nhs.uk or T: 0121 424 0689.

Doctor Daniel Park

Doctor Daniel Park

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Dr Park is a Consultant Respiratory Physician with an interest in non-invasive ventilation. He is part of the Heartlands team supporting adult patients with respiratory problems due to neuromuscular disease.

Sue Gallagher

Sue Gallagher

Regional Care Advisor

Sue supports and offers advice and information to the parents of children and young people with neuromuscular conditions. Sue is a registered social worker and accredited BACP counsellor. Sue organises the Muscle SmArt_group that meets in school holidays, encouraging and getting together children between the ages of 6yrs - 16yrs with a range of muscle conditions. Get in touch with Sue by E: Susan.gallagher@heartofengland.nhs.uk or T: 0121 424 0689.

Dr Titus Ninan

Dr Titus Ninan

Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician

Dr Ninan is a Paediatric Respiratory Consultant who has worked in this field for over 20 years.
Dr Ninan leads a multi disciplinary team consisting of nurses and physiotherapist within the Clinic. When children and young adults are admitted to the wards he reviews them with the MDT Team and organises management plans for their inpatient stay and when they are discharged.
Dr Nina runs a weekly clinic assessing lung health in children with neuromuscular problems on a Monday afternoon at Heartlands Hospital.
Currently the team support over 30 home ventilated children with neuromuscular challenges.

Other key people in the team include:

  • Anna Davies , Paediatric NIV Physiotherapist
  • Cathy Wogan , Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist
  • Harvey Tagger , Clinical Psychologist
  • Barbara Dovaston , Nutritionist
  • Lorna Hull , Paediatric Dietician
  • Roza Dimitriou , Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Jonathan Spilsbury , Consultant Spinal Surgeon
  • Dr Julie Vogt , Consultant Clinical Geneticist
  • Dr Ashish Chikerman , Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist
  • Dr Nick Shaw , Consultant Endocrinologist and metabolic bone specialist

Children & Adults

Clinics are held at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
  • Paediatric neuromuscular clinic
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy steroid clinic
  • Spinal muscular atrophy clinic
  • Neuromuscular respiratory hub clinic
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