Our Clinic

The Newcastle Mitochondrial Clinic provides a caring and supportive environment in which patients can discuss their condition with experts in both paediatric and adult mitochondrial diseases. Supported by the Highly Specialised NHS Service for Rare Mitochondrial Disorders, Newcastle is one of three national centres to provide specialist mitochondrial clinics, the other two centres established in London and Oxford. Our service deals with the complex issues of diagnosis and subsequent management of mitochondrial disease.

The clinical service is led by  Prof Robert McFarland, Dr Andrew Schaefer, Prof Grainne Gorman, Dr Rhys Thomas, Dr Yi Shiau Ng, Nurse Consultant Catherine Feeney and Mitochondrial Specialist Nurse Alex Bright. Other specialists attend each clinic to offer multi-disciplinary support to patients. These include our Physiotherapist Jane Newman and Speech and Language Therapist Alison Davison.

Patients with confirmed genetic or biochemical mitochondrial disease will be given an ‘alert card’ to carry with them in case of an emergency. An example of the card is provided below: