Geographical distribution of patients with GNE myopathy referred to Newcastle between 1987 and 2012. A total of 87 full GNE gene screens have been performed in Newcastle since September 2010. Of the 87 referrals 64% were from England, 14% were from Northern Ireland and 13% were from Scotland. The remaining referrals were from abroad. The majority of patients with genetically confirmed GNE myopathy were referred from the North of Britain (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England) with the highest numbers seen in Northern Ireland and Scotland.