West of Scotland Adult Neuromuscular Service

The muscle service in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde addresses diagnosis, genetic advice and management and treatment issues and is based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. We have established links to colleagues across Scotland through the Scottish Muscle Managed Clinical Network. We also have links to Scottish as well as UK research groups.

The West of Scotland adult neuromuscular service is supported by the Scottish Muscle Network. The Scottish Muscle Network (SMN) is a national managed clinical network (NMCN) originally established in 1998 with charitable funding from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The SMN is now funded by NHS National Services Division (NSD).

How to access the service

Patients can be referred to the service by a consultant or GP.


The team

Dr Bob Ballantine

Consultant Neurologist

Dr Bob Ballantine is specialist doctor who runs a myotonic clinic within the neuromuscular service.

Dr Maria Farrugia

Consultant Neurologist

Dr Farrugia is a Consultant Neurologist.

Wilma Stewart

Regional Care Advisor

Wilma has been employed as a Specialist Neuromuscular Advisor since July 2008. Wilma's background of being a Clinical Nurse Specialist supporting children and families facing life changing issues. This has provided her with plenty of transferable skills for supporting adults and children facing a variety of challenging situations. Wilma works closely with the Scottish Muscle Network for Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area, helping to promote and develop neuromuscular services across the West of Scotland. Get in touch with Wilma by E: Wilma.stewart2@nhs.net or T: 0141 354 9204.

Caroline Carmichael

Neuromuscular Specialist Nurse

Caroline Carmichael is a Neuromuscular Specialist Nurse

Marina Di Marco

Neuromuscular Physiotherapist

Other key people can be found: www.smn.scot.nhs.uk




Clinics are held at Southern General Hospital

  • Neuromuscular clinic
  • Respiratory clinic
  • Myotonic clinic