Paediatric Neurodisability

Paediatric Neurodisability is a regional service that works closely with paediatric neurology, community paediatrics and orthopaedics. A regional consultant assesses children alongside their community team in outreach clinics or in a clinic in Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (Children’s Hospital).

There is often multidisciplinary involvement with therapists from a child’s local service linking in with hospital staff to try and identify the child’s skills and abilities and clarify difficulties.

Treatment options include:

  • Oral medication,
  • Injections of botulinum toxin
  • Intrathecal baclofen
  • Deep brain stimulation.

Some of the more specialist treatments will be undertaken as part of a clinical network with the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

How to Access the Service:

If you would like your child to be seen by the Neurodisability Service, you should contact your GP or hospital consultant, and they will be able to refer your child if needed.
This service does not accept direct referrals from parents.

Location of Service:

There are clinics at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Contact Us

Contact the Neurodisability service on:
028 9063 3351

Botulinum toxin services are located at Musgrave Park Hospital and can be contacted on:
028 9090 2751

Related Services:

Paediatric neurology
Paediatric orthopaedics
Community child health

Frequently Asked Questions

What treatments are available?
Baclofen, botulinum toxin and assessment for intrathecal baclofen, deep brain stimulation and selective dorsal rhizotomy. Other tone modifying medications may be considered.

Can my child receive additional therapy input through this service?
The therapy input is usually assessment and information gathering followed by liaison and advice to the local team and carers

Will I have to wait a long time for my child to be seen?
As the service is new there have been a large number of referrals. You can contact appointments in RBHSC for advice as to the most up to date waiting time. You can ask your local consultant about the possibility of being seen at an outreach clinic.