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Multiple sclerosis

Service detail

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.

Introduction to the MS department

The Multiple Sclerosis service provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary 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, which is one of only two nationally designated centres in the UK.


Treatments, services and procedures performed

  • Diagnostic clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary treatment clinics
  • Therapy clinics
  • Relapse clinic
  • Functional electrical stimulation clinic
  • Fatigue clinic
  • Orthoptic Clinic
  • Various educational programmes
  • MS nurse clinics and telephone advice line.

Details of key consultants

Professor C A Young  
Dr M Wilson
Dr A Jacob
Dr I Pomeroy
Dr W Pietkiewicz

Contact telephone numbers

Contact number for specialist MS Nurses (Walton Centre and North Wales): 0151 556 4008 (available 9 - 4pm) 

MS Physiotherapist,Occupational Therapist and Orthoptist – 0151 556 3742

Professor C A Young, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5711
Dr M Wilson, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 6213
Dr A Jacob, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5770
Dr I Pomeroy, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5715
Dr W Pietkiewicz, Consultant Neurologist - 0151 529 5727

Page last updated: 22 June 2021