COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place at The Walton Centre

Restrictions remain in place across the NHS in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety measures in place over the 18 months therefore remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice.

Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.

Dr Alakendu Sekhar

About Alakendu Sekhar

Dr Alakendu Sekhar is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre. He received his training in neurology in south west England and has dual accreditation (CCT) in neurology and stroke. He established the stroke thrombectomy service at The Walton Centre which attracts referrals from all the stroke units of Cheshire, Merseyside, and beyond. Dr Sekhar holds the position of visiting vascular neurologist for the Aintree University Hospital and Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He runs the cerebrovascular specialist clinic at The Walton Centre dedicated for the complex neurovascular cases. He maintains a general neurology service and active in epilepsy clinic with his interest in post stroke epilepsy.

Dr Sekhar is the chair of the regional stroke thrombectomy MDT which oversees the clinical care of stroke thrombectomy patients. He is heavily involved in collaborative research in the field of stroke and currently holds the position of deputy lead of HSRC (hyper-acute stroke research) for Cheshire and Merseyside. His role as deputy lead for HSRC involves promoting hyper acute stroke research within the region and collaborating with other local stroke centres.
He has been part of many vascular research projects as co-investigator, namely ACST-2, ECST-2, PISTE and VIST trial. He has recently collaborated on project of cryptogenic stroke with the University of Central Lancashire and published in a prestigious stroke journal.


General neurology, vascular neurology, epilepsy



MRCP Neurology

CCT Neurology

CCT Stroke Medicine

Clinical/research interests

Stroke thrombectomy 

Vascular neurology


Membership of professional regional and national bodies

Honorary lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Liverpool

Regional adviser (Mersey), Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Member, Stroke advisory committee, Association of British Neurology (ABN)

Member, British Association of stroke physician (BASP)

Related Services


The Neurology service provides specialist care to patients across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man. 


Epileptic seizures occur when there is an episode of abnormal electrical activity within the brain.

Page last updated: 09 September 2021