The paediatric neurology service at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals provides neuromuscular services for the Lancashire and South Cumbria region. There are currently around 100 children with neuromuscular disorders in Lancashire under the care of Dr Christian de Goede, a consultant paediatric neurologist and the trust’s neuromuscular lead.
The neuromuscular service is based at Royal Preston Hospital. In addition to Dr de Goede the team includes a specialist neuromuscular nurse, physiotherapist, clinical psychologist and occupational therapist. The Neurology Department works closely with neuroradiology, neurophysiology, neurosurgery and neurorehabilitation to diagnose and treat all types of neurological conditions
There is also a Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC) which is part of the services offered by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The SMRC provides specialist wheelchair, prosthetic limb and orthotic rehabilitation services throughout Lancashire and South Lakeland for people of all ages with long-term mobility problems. The Centre has won the prestigious Customer Service Excellence Award six times. This is a Government award, which recognises excellence in the delivery of public service.
How to access the service
To access the service a patient must be referred to the hospital by a GP or consultant.
Main contact number:
Dr Christian DeGoede
Dr De Goede is the Neuromuscular lead for Lancashire. He received his undergraduate training at Leiden University in The Netherlands. He has experience of acute care of children in hospital, consultations in out-patients, and the long-term care of children with disabilities in the community
Kelly's aim is to provide a much needed service for the children and families that is equal and accessible for all. She supports children and families aged up to 18 years of age with muscle-wasting conditions, covering Lancashire and South Cumbria. Get in touch with Kelly by E: Kelly.Parkinson2@LTHTR.nhs.uk or T: 01772 522899.
Other key people in the team include:
- Dr Ruth McIver , Clinical Psychologist
- Multi Disciplinary neuromuscular clinic
- Multi Disciplinary neuromuscular outreach clinic in Blackburn