Specialist muscle clinics Belfast City Hospital

Contact information

028 9032 9241
City Hospital
Lisburn Road

54.5871368, -5.9436023

The Neuromuscular Service for adults and children in Belfast is led by Dr John McConville and Dr Sandya Tirupathi. Currently the muscle clinic for both children and adults is based at Belfast City Hospital and runs twice a month.

There is close co-operation with other specialities in Belfast Trust as well as with paediatricians in hospitals throughout Northern Ireland.

How to access the service

If you would like your child to be seen by the Neurology service, you should contact your hospital consultant, and they will be able to refer your child if needed.
You can also seek referral as an adult or child via your GP.

The team

Dr Sandya Tirupathi

Paediatric Neurology Consultant

Sandya Tirupathi who is one of the three Paediatric Neurologists, leads the neuromuscular service in Northern Ireland. Her primary goal is to strive for better care for children and young adults with neuromuscular problems and hopes to achieve this with coordinated networking between the regional and community teams.

Professor Mike Shields

Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Professor Mike Shields is a consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine as well as being a Professor of Child Health at Queen's University Belfast. Professor Shields holds research interests in non-invasive monitoring of airways inflammation in asthma children and using modern technology for rapid point of care testing of respiratory and serious bacterial infections in children.

Dr John McConville

Neurology Consultant

Isobel Douglas

Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Isobel Douglas is the Regional Neuromuscular Nurse Specialist based in Belfast. Isobel supports children and young adults with neuromuscular disorders living in Northern Ireland, and is based in the Neurology Department at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Get in touch with Isobel by E: isobel.douglas@belfasttrust.hscni.net or T: 02890638143.

Other key people in the team include:

  • Siobhan MacAuley,¬†Neurological Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Paula Woods, Outpatient Nurse
  • Patrick Morrison, Clinical Geneticist



Clinics are held at Belfast City Hospital

  • Neuromuscular clinic