The Headache Group 

The Headache Group runs both a clinical and research service, including a large outpatient and inpatient service. The dedicated inpatient service is unique to the United Kingdom, offering treatments that are not readily available elsewhere.

In addition to the three consultant neurologists, the clinical service is supported by a locum consultant neurologist, three clinical nurse specialists, junior doctors and research fellows.

The service is dedicated to tertiary referrals from patients with intractable head and facial pain disorder who have been seen by neurologists elsewhere in the country.

The range of pain disorders includes chronic migraine, medication overuse headache, cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania, SUNCT, hemicrania continua, new persistent daily headache, and facial pain.

There are close links with neurosurgery and the Hospital runs a dedicated Occipital Nerve Stimulation clinic.
Conditions treated

We treat the following headache-related conditions:

  • Chronic migraine
  • Cluster headache
  • Hemicrania continua
  • Medication overuse headache
  • New persistent daily headache
  • Paroxysmal hemicrania continua
  • Persistent migraine aura
  • Post-traumatic headache
  • Secondary headache disorders eg. spontaneous intracranial hypotension
  • SUNCT headache

Patient support services

There are two clinical nurse specialists. This service is for patients who have been seen already in clinic.
Nurse specialists provide a point of contact between appointments and admissions, should this be required.

Dr Manjit Matharu

Dr Paul Shannon

Dr Paul Shanahan

Professor Ludvic Zrinzo

Dr Anish Bahra

Dr Manjit Matharu The Headache Group, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Paul Shanahan The Headache Group, Neurology and neurosurgery
Professor Ludvic Zrinzo The Headache Group, Neurosurgery, Movement disorders
Dr Anish Bahra The Headache Group
Dr Kevin Shields The Headache Group, The Headache Service, Neurology and neurosurgery
Dr Tim Young The Headache Group, The Headache Service
Mr Ahmed Toma The Headache Group, Neurosurgery

 Contact details

The Headache Group
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
8-11 Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 3371

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 3664 / 020 3448 3017 / 020 3448 3373
Fax: 020 7829 8784

Service manager - Dr Manjit Matharu

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