Dr Charlotte  Dougan

Dr Charlotte Dougan

Consultant Neurologist

Practising at

Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Charlotte Dougan at Spire include:


Other treatments

I provide a diagnostic & management service for neurological disorders & have considerable experience in all general neurology including headache, tremor, parkinson’s disease, epilepsy & blackouts. My sub-speciality interest is in neuromuscular disorders – disorders of muscle & nerve & gait disorders. I have also a specialist interest in inherited neuromuscular disorders.

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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant Neurologist for 11 yrs & have considerable experience in medicine, having worked in the NHS since 1993. I have broad experience in all neurological disorders & particular expertise in neuromusclar disorders. I have run the mersey training programme for neurology since 2011. My research interests include inflammatory neuropathy, myasthenia gravis & my doctorate of medicine was awarded for work on respiratory muscle function & sleep in motor neurone disease.

I have considerable experience in the diagnosis & management across a broad range of acute & chronic neurological conditions. I run 3 NHS clinics per week, 2 of which are neuromuscular clinics with mdt support that have been awarded centre of excellence status.

As above – I am the programme director for neurology higher specialist training in the Mersey section of the north-west deanery. I am the north-west representative for neurology training at the speciality advisory committee, Royal College of Physicians, London. I am the adult lead for neuromsucular disorders at Walton centre & the north-west neuromuscualr network

Clinical Interests

Alzheimers disease
Memory disorders
Movement disorders
Multiple sclerosis
Muscle disease
Neuromuscular disorders
Pain management
Peripheral nerve disease
Sleep disorders

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / University of Newcastle / 1993
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
MBBS is a degree given to physicians at the basis of their training

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow / 1996
Membership of Royal College of Physicians
MRCP is awarded after passing a series of postgraduate exams on clinical general medicine

MD / Liverpool University / 2004
Doctorate of Medicine
MD is a higher, postgraduate degree awarded for a substantial period of medical research. My research was looking at respiratory muscle function & sleep in Motor neurone Disease.

Professional memberships

Association of British Neurologists
British Peripheral Nerve Society
British Myology Society
Speciality Advisory Committee For Neurology, Royal College of Physicians,Uk
Adult Lead for the North-West Neuromuscular Network

Professional leadership

I am the adult lead for the north-west neuromuscular network & the local lead at the Walton Centre.
I am the programme director for specialist training in Neurology

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Current NHS posts

Walton Centre Foundation Trust, Liverpool

Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Programme Director for Neurology, Mersey, North-West Deanery

Clinical Lead for Neuromuscular Service, Walton Centre, Liverpool

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Research and Publication


Steven A. Hardy, PhD1, …Charlotte F. Dougan MD FRCP5, Doug M. Turnbull PhD FRCP1, Robert W. Taylor PhD FRCPath1. Pathogenic mtDNA mutations causing mitochondrial myopathy: still the need to muscle biopsy. Genetics Neurology Genetics, August 2016 vol. 2 no. 4

Figueroa-Bonaparte, S.,… CF Dougan, et al. Mutational spectrum and phenotypic variability of VCP-related neurological disease in the UK. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (2015): jnnp-2015

Sarkozy, Anna, … CF Dougan, et al. Phenotypic heterogeneity in British patients with a founder mutation in the FHL1 gene. European Journal of Human Genetics 19.10 (2011): 1038-1044.

Dougan, C. F., et al. Development of a patient-specific dyspnoea questionnaire in motor neurone disease (MND): the MND dyspnoea rating scale (MDRS). Journal of the neurological sciences 180.1 (2000): 86-93.

Dougan, C. F., et al. Familial cavernous angiomas masquerading as multiple sclerosis. Postgraduate medical journal 74.874 (1998): 489-491

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Private contact details

Private secretary May Williams
Private secretary telephone 0151 529 5721
Private secretary email