At one of our Specialist ataxia centres, you are guaranteed to be seen by a neurologist with expertise in the ataxias. The Centre at the Sheffield Royal Hallamshire is the first Accredited Centre in the North of England.

The Sheffield Ataxia Clinic

The Ataxia clinic is held once a week. It is a specialised service for all patients with suspected or genetically confirmed familial ataxias or other immune mediated and degenerative cerebellar ataxias. A more specialised gluten ataxia clinic is also held once a week. Referrals to both clinics are accepted from neurologists and GPs. throughout the UK.


The clinic provides:

  • Access to a neurologist with 12 years expertise of seeing patients with ataxia
  • Continuity of care – patients see the same neurologist 
  • Regular yearly or six-monthly follow-up
  • Availability of all latest diagnostic tests (either locally or via collaborations with other research centres)
  • Genetic counselling via a genetic counsellor
  • Referral to other specialists within the hospital already experienced in dealing with some of the additional medical complications of some ataxias - e.g. cardiologists, neuro-ophthalomologists, geneticists
  • Referral to physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy
  • Referral to Neurological Therapy Outreach service if appropriate - involving home visits from physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist
  • Support both during and between clinic visits via the ataxia specialist nurse. This nurse is available to discuss medical, social or financial queries
  • Close links with primary, community and secondary care services for shared care and education on the ataxias
  • Inclusion of patient information on an ataxia database, facilitating research
  • Regular monitoring of clinic to ensure responding to patients’ needs.

The Clinic Team:

The clinic is led by ataxia specialist neurologist, Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou and also includes neurologist Dr Shanmugarajah and the Ataxia Specialist Nurses, Diane Friend and Suzanna Duty.

Involvement in Research:

Professor Hadjivassiliou is also involved in various research projects. Patients who are interested may therefore have the opportunity to take part in research. His main expertise is in immune mediated ataxias and in particular ataxia associated with sensitivity to gluten (gluten ataxia)

Anyone interested in getting an appointment to attend the Ataxia clinic should ask their doctor or neurologist for a referral. Referrals are accepted from GPs and neurologists throughout the UK. For a printer friendly version of this page to bring to your GP for a referral, click here

Contact details for referrals:

Professor Hadjivassiliou
Department of Neurology
Royal Hallamshire Hospital 
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
Glossop Road
Sheffield
S10 2JF

0114 271 2502