Ataxia UK accredited Ataxia Centres are Centres of Excellence, where people with ataxia receive the best possible quality of care and a co-ordinated service combining diagnosis, treatment, support and research. You are guaranteed to be seen by a neurologist with expertise in the ataxias. An accredited Centre must also comply with other criteria. For further information contact Ataxia UK.

The Centres have been set up in direct response to needs identified by people affected by ataxia, as well as clinicians with expertise in the condition.

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 6 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.

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)


The Clinic Team:

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


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