Newcastle Upon-Tyne Hospitals – Royal Victoria Infirmary

Contact information

(0191) 233 6161
Queen Victoria Road

54.979894, -1.6170306

The Royal Victoria Infirmary is part of the Newcastle University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It’s neuromuscular service offers specialist multidisciplinary clinics for patients with mitochondrial and other metabolic muscle disorders, as well as acquired muscle disease including inflammatory myopathies. The mitochondrial service is one of 3 national centres for diagnosis and management of patients with mitochondrial disease.

Diagnostic services for patients with muscle disease including neuroradiology, neurophysiology and neuropathology are based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Clinical trials are a major focus of the clinical teams at the Muscle Centre and Royal Victoria Infirmary and include on-going studies in mitochondrial disorders and inclusion body myositis.

How to access the service

A patient can be referred for treatment in the centre by a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, GP, consultant, specialist nurse or a care advisor.

The team

Dr James Miller

Consultant Neurologist

Dr James Miller has a specialist interest in neuromuscular disease and in particular acquired and immune-mediated disorders including myositis, CIDP and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Miller has established specialist multidisciplinary clinics for patients with dermatomyositis and with paraprotein related neuropathies.

Other key people in the team include:

  • Dr Andy Schaefer
  • Dr Bobby McFarlane
  • Professor Rita Horvath
  • Dr Grainne Gorman



Clinics are held at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Specialist multidisciplinary mitochondrial and other metabolic muscle disorders clinic
  • Acquired muscle disease including inflammatory myopathies clinic
  • Diagnostic clinic