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Childrens Services

Paediatric Neurology

Our Children’s Neurology department treats children with complex neurological disorders.

Neurological disorders

We are the only specialist neurology service in North East England and Cumbria, and we provide highly advanced treatments for disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.

This includes treatment for:

  • epilepsy and seizures
  • cerebral palsy
  • head injuries
  • strokes and meningitis
  • neurometabolic disorders (diseases affecting brain chemicals)
  • movement disorders.

Neurology expertise

We are one of only two centres designated by the World Health Organisation for muscle disease in the UK, and one of only three centres in the country to diagnose and treat mitochondrial disease. We have a number of areas of particular expertise, including:

  • epilepsy
  • neuromuscular diseasesRehabilitation swimming pool
  • mitochondrial disease
  • developmental disorders


After treatment, it’s essential to help children to resume their normal lives as quickly and smoothly as possible. So we have specialist rehabilitation services, such as for those children recovering from severe head injuries.

Services across the region

We provide most of our services in the children's wards at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. We also work with the hospital’s Child Development Centre to evaluate and treat complex neurological developmental disorders.

If you don’t live in Newcastle, you can still use our services through our outreach clinics - so your child shouldn’t have to travel too far to be seen by one of our specialists.

We also provide advice to colleagues treating young patients in intensive care units across the region.

More information



For more details about the Children’s Neurology services, contact:

  • Prof B McFarland, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 1385
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