Forrest, Dr Katharine



Paediatric neurology

Training and education

  • Paediatric training - Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
  • Inaugural George Greegan paediatric epilepsy fellow - Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
  • Paediatric neurology sub-specialist training - Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London, and Evelina Children's Hospital, London


Dr Forrest joined the Trust as a consultant paediatric neurologist in 2009 and has been in a substantive consultant position since 2011.

She receives referrals from consultant paediatricians, consultant paediatric neurologists and community paediatricians for assessment of all paediatric neurology conditions.

Dr Forrest provides outpatient and inpatient services for children in the Wessex region. She runs general paediatric neurology clinics in which she sees children with a range of conditions, including epilepsy. She also leads specialist clinics for children with the following conditions:

  • complex muscle conditions that may need to be treated with intrathecal baclofen (a muscle relaxing medicine given directly into the spinal fluid via a pump in the abdomen)
  • complex headache
  • demyelinating disorders (conditions that cause damage to the protective covering around nerve fibres in the brain and spine).

Her regional clinics are held in Portsmouth, Chichester and Winchester. 

Dr Forrest is the lead for education for the Wessex Neuroscience Network. She's also a distance learning tutor for the British Paediatric Neurology Association and regional adviser and principal investigator for national research studies.

Key achievements

  • Development of specialist clinics for Wessex (complex movement disorder clinic, complex headache clinic and clinic for children with demyelinating disorders) 
  • Director of children's headache training (CHaT) courses held in 2014 and 2017 in Wessex
  • British Paediatric Neurology Association distance learning Wessex course tutor and regional adviser

Awards and prizes

  • EPILEARN bursary
  • AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) certificate in medical education
  • Health Education Wessex bursary
  • clinical excellence award.


Dr Forrest is the principal investigator for Wessex for the national Paediatric UK demyelinating disease longitudinal study.

Her peer reviewed publications include:

  • RYR1-related malignant hyperthermia with marked cerebellar involvement – a paradigm of heat-induced CNS injury? Forrest KM, Foulds N, Millar JS, Sutherland PD, Pappachan VJ, Holden S, Mein R, Hopkins PM, Jungbluth H. Neuromuscul Disord. 2015 Feb;25(2):138-40
  • Narcolepsy with cataplexy as presenting symptom of occult neuroblastoma. Sinsioco C, Silver K, Forrest KM, Gray J, Nechay A, Sheldon S, Chelmicka Schorr E. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Jul;49(1):64-7.
  • Child neurology: epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures. Kashyape PS, Forrest K. Neurology. 2011 Dec 13;77(24):2138-9.
  • Movement disorder emergencies in childhood. Kirkham FJ, Haywood P, Kashyape P, Borbone J, Lording A, Pryde K, Cox M, Keslake J, Smith M, Cuthbertson L, Murugan V, Mackie S, Thomas NH, Whitney A, Forrest KM, Parker A, Forsyth R, Kipps CM. Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2011 Sep;15(5):390-404.
  • Infantile onset myofibrillar myopathy due to recessive CRYAB mutations. Forrest KM, Al-Sarraj S, Sewry C, Buk S, Tan SV, Pitt M, Durward A, McDougall M, Irving M, Hanna MG, Matthews E, Sarkozy A, Hudson J, Barresi R, Bushby K, Jungbluth H, Wraige E. Neuromuscul Disord. 2011 Jan;21(1):37-40.
  • Basilar artery dolichoectasia in childhood: evidence of vascular compromise. Forrest KM, Siddiqui A, Lim M, Wraige E. Childs Nerv Syst. 2011 Jan;27(1):193-6.
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy, myasthenic symptoms and epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) associated with mutations in the PLEC1 gene encoding plectin. Forrest K, Mellerio JE, Robb S, Dopping-Hepenstal PJ, McGrath JA, Liu L, Buk SJ, Al-Sarraj S, Wraige E, Jungbluth H. Neuromuscul Disord. 2010 Nov;20(11):709-11.
  • Benefit of corticosteroid therapy in Angelman syndrome. Forrest KM, Young H, Dale RC, Gill DS. J Child Neurol. 2009 Aug;24(8):952-8.
  • High-dose riboflavin for migraine prophylaxis in children: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. MacLennan SC, Wade FM, Forrest KM, Ratanayake PD, Fagan E, Antony J. J Child Neurol. 2008 Nov;23(11):1300-4.


You can contact Dr Forrest via her secretary by calling 023 8120 4457 or sending a fax to 023 8120 8688.