Neurology and neurosurgery 

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) is the UK’s largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital treating over 6,000 inpatients 120,000 outpatients and 8,000 day cases each year.  Celebrating 150 years this year it provides comprehensive services for the diagnosis, treatment and care of all conditions that affect the, the brain, spinal cord peripheral nervous system and muscles.

As part of UCLH and together with its neighbour, the Institute of Neurology, it is a major international centre for research and training.  It also plays a large role in the recently established Academic Health Science Centre – UCL Partners with neurology being one of the major themes.

The NHNN has over 200 inpatient beds, with a dedicated day care facility for tests, investigation and treatment. 

With 32 outpatient consulting rooms, we offer around 200 outpatient clinics every week covering all aspects of neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation.

There are many specialist units including for dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and stroke. There is a pioneering patient-centred neurorehabilitation service and the largest specialised neurosurgical-ITU and the only Neuro-Medical ITU in the country.

Recent major developments include the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases which brings together research and clinical care for patients with disorders of muscle and peripheral nerve; and a new state-of-the-art Neuroradiology department with the UK’s first interventional MRI scanner allowing surgeons to perform MRI imaging during brain surgery operations.

An integral part of the NHNN Epilepsy service is the purpose built Gowers Assessment Unit at the National Society for Epilepsy Centre at Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire. 


NHNN, as part of UCLH and UCLP, is committed to delivering top quality patient care, excellent education and world class research.  In collaboration with our close partner the Institute of Neurology, we aim to  continue to develop and maintain an unrivalled critical mass of research and clinical expertise to develop better treatments for patients with neurological diseases 


NHNN provides a range of comprehensive cutting-edge clinical services across the entire spectrum of adult neurological, neurosurgical, neuropsychiatric diseases. We operate a national and regional neurological unit, and engage in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

NHNN links particularly within London and surrounding regions to a network of district general hospitals that include Watford, Northwick Park, Whittington, Whipps Cross and Homerton, in addition to joint appointments with St.Thomas’, St Mary’s, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Moorfields and the Royal Free. At NHNN there are over 100 linked consultant posts.

The NHNN has 216 beds which includes a stroke and brain injury unit and neurorehabilitation centre.  We provide comprehensive services in neuropsychiatry, neurocritical care and neurorehabilitation supported by neuroradiology, neurophysiology, neuropsychology.  Neuro-ophthalmology services are also provided, and with the link to Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal Free constitute the largest clinical neuro-ophthalmology practice in the UK.  There is a large neuro-otology service with is links to the RNTNE hospital.

We provide a comprehensive service in all aspects of clinical neurosciences this includes the specialist services listed on the side. To be referred to one of these services please contact your GP or your consultant.  To refer a patient to one of these services please see the details at the end of each section.
 Waiting times in Neurosurgery and Neurology services

The vast majority of our patients start treatment within the government set target of 18 weeks. However, waiting times for treatment in some areas where there is high demand can be longer, particularly in very specialist services.

As many of our clinicians are leading figures in their field, our services attract referrals from across the country.  Our reputation for providing excellent quality of care and the best possible outcomes has seen referrals increase significantly over the last few years. This has resulted in waiting times that are longer than we would like and we are working hard to create additional capacity to ensure all our services are accessible to those who need them.

Reducing these waiting times is very important to us because we know how important it is to our patients

 Contact details

Neurology and neurosurgery
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

General enquiries
Telephone: 020 3456 7890

GP enquiries