Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults. The lifetime risk is about 1:500 in the UK and there is a slight excess risk in females (it affects three times more females than males).
Onset is usually in early adult life, but children and adolescents can be affected. Multiple sclerosis is a disorder of the central nervous system marked by weakness, numbness, a loss of muscle coordination, and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control.
It is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system destroys myelin. Myelin is a substance that acts as a nerve insulator and helps in the transmission of nerve signals.
The Walton Centre MS department
The multiple sclerosis service provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary service aiming to assess health needs of people with MS. We provide a full range of hospital-based treatments, with referral to community services for non-specialist management. In addition to this, the Trust has developed a service for patients with neuromyelitis optica, for which is one of only two nationally designated centres in the UK. Specialist MS clinics take place at The Walton Centre, Countess of Chester Hospital and Glan Clwyd.
Treatments, services and procedures performed
Multidisciplinary treatment clinics
Functional electrical stimulation clinic
Educational programmes (fatigue management and exercise education)
MS nurse clinics and telephone advice line
Service contact information
- Contact number for specialist MS Nurses (The Walton Centre and North Wales): 0151 556 4008 (available 9am - 4pm)
- MS Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Orthoptist – 0151 556 3742
- Professor Carolyn A Young, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5711
- Dr Martin Wilson, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 6213
- Dr Ian Pomeroy, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5715
- Dr Wojciech Pietkiewicz, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5727
Referral is by clinician to clinician via The Walton Patient Access Centre.
Multiple sclerosis Consultants
Dr Wojciech Pietkiewicz is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre.
Dr Sundus Alusi has been a Consultant Neurologist since 2004 and has a special interest in movement disorders. Since 2020 she has been the clinical lead for movement disorders at The Walton Centre.
Dr Roger Mills is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre.
Dr Panicker is currently the lead for risk and clinical governance in neurology.
Dr Wilson is the Divisional Clinical Director for Neurology and former lead clinician for the MS service. He is also CCIO (clinical IT lead) for the Trust.
Professor Carolyn Young has been a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre since 1992, and an honorary professor of neurology at the University of Liverpool since 2006.
Dr Saif Huda completed undergraduate medical training in Liverpool in 2005 and completed neurology specialist training at The Walton Centre in 2017. Between 2012 - 2015 he undertook a DPhil in neuroimmunology at The University of Oxford before completing a post-CCT fellowship in neuromyelitis optica in 2018.
Dr Huda is the clinical lead for the UK NMOSD highly specialised service.
Dr Ian Pomeroy was appointed as a consultant neurologist at The Walton Centre in 2012. He currently undertakes MS clinics in Liverpool and provides general neurology clinics and a visiting neurologist service in Warrington.
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