Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

In the Southwest, Bristol and Plymouth are two hubs of the South West Neuromuscular Operational Delivery Network (SWNODN) which provides care to over 6000 adults and children with various neuromuscular conditions. We are currently looking after people with 80 neuromuscular conditions within the network via multi-disciplinary outreach clinics. We collectively look after over a 100 boys and young men with DMD. The clinical service, which is well established and funded by NHS England, is currently highly regarded and seen as a gold standard for clinical networks within the neurology and neuromuscular community. In 2017, the SWNODN was formally recognised by Muscular Dystrophy charity, MDUK, as a Centre of Excellence for Neuromuscular conditions. 

This recognition was achievable by means of a number of quality improvement activities, including guidelines, SOPs, audits about bone health and parent reported outcome measures, and feedback from parents/families questionnaire about our services. We have also established workshops and muscle cafes as a forum to provide specific information about coping, psychological support and opportunity for social networking. We have now established a specific South West DMD database to facilitate research. 

Department of Paediatric Neurology

Facilities we currently have within the department include:

  • 2 dedicated research beds including overnight stays
  • Suitable corridor for 6 min walk test,
  • 3 physios [2 paediatric and one adult] trained in outcome measures and experienced with DMD patients
  • Support from research teams [nurses/managers]
  • Muscle Biopsy facilities
  • Muscle MRI facilities
  • Cardiac ECG, ECHO, MRI
  • Research Imaging facility (CRIC) for low risk trial recruits not requiring general anaesthesia for MRI scans and with good respiratory function.
  • Neuropathology Laboratory

Both of the Neuromuscular Paediatric Physiotherapists on our team are on the Neuromuscular Committee of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists [APCP] and have co-authored a guidance document on Physiotherapy in neuromuscular conditions produced for the APCP. Our adult Neuromuscular Physiotherapist also contributed to the adult physiotherapy e-learning module.

Other relevant projects

All of our Neuromuscular Physiotherapists are active members of the North Star network physiotherapy group and our paediatric physiotherapists contribute data to the North Star and SMArt net/SMA REACH networks


Contact Information

Department Name
Department of Paediatric Neurology
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Department of Paediatric Neurology

Education Centre 6th Floor

 Bristol Children's Hospital

Upper Maudlin Street

Bristol BS2 8BJ

Primary Phone Number
00 44 117 342 0502
Primary Email Address;
Primary Contact Person
Patients: Anirban Majumdar,
Industry: Anirban Majumdar,
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Contact:
Chantal Sunter,
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Current Trials:

Study Name Trial Status at Bristol Overall Trial Status
Catabasis - Galaxy DMD [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
Phase 3 PolarisDMD Trial [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
Patient Registry Translarna (Ataluren) Fully recruited Fully recruited
Wave Life Sciences Exon 51 Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
Disease translation in DMD: Neuromuscular rare disease translational research in patients with DMD. Fully recruited Fully recruited

Contact Listing:

I am a Consultant in Paediatric Neurology here in Bristol. I have successfully maintained and developed a regional Paediatric Neuromuscular Service. I have introduced many of the innovations of this regional service.

I have been a major contributor to the successful business case for a Managed Clinical Network for NM conditions in the Southwest.

I have commenced and collaborated in several new research projects. I have also ensured Bristol’s participation in several national initiatives and collaborations in the Neuromuscular field (Northstar, SMArt Net/SMA REACH, TREAT- NMD). This will ensure that Neuromuscular patients in the Southwest will have access to cutting edge research and potential treatments in the future.

0117 342 0502
0117 342 0197
0117 3420196

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