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Gait Analysis Unit

At the Gait Analysis Unit, we measure walking patterns to establish the causes of walking problems, and recommend treatments for patients.

Patients are generally referred to the Gait Analysis Unit by orthopaedic consultants.

You can find more information on gait analysis at – the national professional body for gait analysis.

Directions to the Gait Analysis Unit

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The Gait Analysis Unit is based at:

The Gait Lab
Building 15 (Belsay Unit)
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
(the former Newcastle General Hospital site)
Westgate Road (A186)

If you are using a satnav, the postcode is NE4 6BE.

The site is easily accessible by car (with plenty of parking) and has bus stops to the front and rear of the site. The nearest Metro and railway station is Newcastle Central Station.

See the map on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality site which gives the numbers of the buses servicing this site.

Once on-site, look for the signs for the Belsay Unit or Building 15. There is disabled parking right outside the unit, and there are signs to Gait Analysis within the building. You can also download and print a PDF map to the Gait Unit.


How to get to the hospital

Staff you are likely to meet

The gait assessments are carried out by a physiotherapist and clinical engineer. Recommendations for treatment are made following the assessment with an orthopaedic consultant and other medical staff, including the patient's local care team. The assessment is very detailed and takes about 2 1/2 hours.

You can discuss what will happen at your appointment with a member of staff.

Things you need to know

  • When you come for an appointment you must bring your usual walking aids (eg splints, walking frames etc).
  • You should also bring tight fitting, mid-thigh length shorts (like cycling shorts). We can provide spares if you have none.
  • You will have received a questionnaire with your appointment letter. Please complete it to bring to your appointment.
  • Basic refreshments are available. We do not have a hearing loop, so if you think this may be a problem, please contact us.
  • The Gait Unit is not suitable for young children.

More information

Useful websites

Contact us

For more details about the Gait Analysis Unit, contact:

  • Penny Hewart, Clinical Engineer, Gait Analysis Unit
  • Tel: 0191 282 3416
  • Email:
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