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Motor nerve

What we do

King’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Care and Research Centre is a national centre of excellence for the diagnosis and care of people with the condition. We also treat patients with other motor nerve disorders: neurological conditions that cause weakness because of nerve degeneration in the brain or spinal cord and which usually get worse over months or years. In addition, we see patients with unknown conditions to try to reach a diagnosis.

We run a weekly clinic where patients are seen first by a neurologist for diagnosis. Sometimes further tests are needed before they can make a diagnosis and decide on treatment. Other members of the clinic team include a specialist nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, dietician, and a palliative care consultant who advises on managing difficult symptoms. We also have access to a respiratory consultant, if needed.

Extra support is provided by the Clinic Co-ordinator, who attends the clinic to ensure patients see the relevant team members and liaises with local services to ensure patients have the assistance they need.

Patients can be referred to our MND Care and Research Centre specifically to take part in clinical trials.

Preparing for your appointment

If you have any investigations before your clinic appointment, such as EMG, creatine kinase or MRI, please bring copies of the results with you.


First floor, Willowfield Building, King’s College Hospital, Bessemer Road, SE5 9BG

Contact Details

Conditions we treat

We provide comprehensive treatment for motor neurone disease and other motor nerve-related disorders.

We accept GP referrals for patients from Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark. For patients outside these areas we usually require a referral from a local neurologist.

King’s MND Care and Research Centre is a centre for clinical trials and patients can be referred specifically for participation in clinical trials when appropriate.

What is required before referring a patient

Patients should attend with copies of relevant investigations (if they have been performed), particularly EMG, creatine kinase and MRI.

Booking a patient at King’s

Routine Referrals

For routine referrals, send referral letters to:

Motor Nerve Clinic Secretary
Motor Nerve Clinic
King’s College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS

Emergency Referrals

For emergency referrals, contact the Motor Nerve Clinic Secretary, on 020 7848 5192.

Other Queries

For other advice and queries, contact the Motor Nerve Clinic Co-ordinator, on 020 7848 5172.

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi Consultant Neurologist
Mr Adrian Broughton Clinical Nurse Specialist- Motor Neurone Disease MND
Dr Cathy Ellis Consultant Neurologist
Mrs Alison Johnston MNDA Specialist Physiotherapist