Services Available


The Newcastle Mitochondrial Disease Clinic for Adults and Children is a weekly multidisciplinary clinic held in the modern, spacious and comfortable surroundings of the CRESTA clinic facility. A dedicated team of specialist doctors, nurses, therapists and a welfare rights advisor provide a comprehensive service for Mitochondrial Disease patients of all ages who travel to Newcastle from all over the UK. For those who live further away we offer follow-up consultations via Skype. For urgent queries the Mitochondrial Disease Nurse Specialist is contactable by phone during normal working hours, while there is an out-of-hours on-call service for ‘mitochondrial' emergencies.

Mitochondrial Reproductive Advice Clinic (MRAC)

The MRAC clinic is undertaken by Prof Gráinne Gorman (Consultant in Mitochondrial Medicine) & Catherine Feeney (Nurse Consultant in Mitochondrial Medicine) at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. The clinic will review and confirm a genetic diagnosis, assess fitness for pregnancy from a mitochondrial disease perspective and offer psychological support and advice regarding reproductive options for IVF-based techniques, including preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and mitochondrial donation. Once assessed in this clinic, and if considered appropriate, couples will be referred to the Mitochondrial Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Mito-ART) Clinic at Newcastle Fertility Clinic at Life.


The Newcastle Highly Specialised Mitochondrial Diagnostic laboratory is located within the laboratories of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University. Alongside clinical colleagues within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the team have been providing a comprehensive, diagnostic and clinical management service for patients with suspected Mitochondrial Disease for nearly 20 years and have been designated as one of three component groups of the Highly Specialised Rare Mitochondrial Disorders of Adults and Children Service since 2007.

Referral Pathways

Clinical Referrals

We will only accept referrals via a Neurologist or Geneticist or, in the case of positive familial testing, referrals will be accepted from a GP. Referrals for children can also come from consultant paediatricians.

MRAC Referrals

Please contact your own clinician who can discuss the possibility of a referral to the Newcastle Mitochondrial Reproductive Advice Clinic.

General enquiries can be made via: Mrs Andrea Vusthoff , Direct Dial: 0191 2824876   

Diagnostic Referrals

Diagnostic samples will be accepted in our laboratory with the completion of the appropriate referral documentation available on our website.  

Contact Details

For clinical correspondence

NHS Highly Specialised Service for Rare Mitochondrial Disorders
Department of Neurosciences
The Royal Victoria Infirmary
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 4LP 

Tel. 0191-2824375 Fax. 0191-2824373 Email: or

For Diagnostic Samples

The Newcastle Mitochondrial Diagnostic Laboratory
4th Floor, Catherine Cookson Building
The Medical School
Newcastle University
Framlington Place
Newcastle NE2 4HH

Tel. 0191-2824375

Clinical Staff


Administration and Support Staff