The Department provides a comprehensive neurosurgical service covering the full range of neurosurgical pathologies, including all cranial and simple spinal conditions. There is also a complex spine department (see spinal surgery section). In addition to serving the local population it also provides a national and international service for more specialised neurosurgical problems such as epilepsy surgery, surgery for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, transoral and skull base surgery for complex pathologies at these sites, and complex hydrocephalus and transsphenoidal surgery for hormonally active pituitary tumours. Complex interdisciplinary procedures are often performed in conjunction with Consultants from other specialties, including ENT, maxillo-facial and plastic surgery. There is a busy multidisciplinary team looking after complex vascular disease, particularly aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. The MDT includes neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional neuroradiologists and vascular neurologists. A new brain tumour unit opened in 2011, providing specialist focused care for this group of patients and their families.

Academic activities benefit from close links to the Department of Neurology, the Institute of Neurology and other University bodies. This multidisciplinary approach to research fosters an atmosphere of academic excellence and ensures that the Department remains at the forefront of clinical research. We also have a Neural Regeneration Unit and a Neurosurgical Consultant specialising in spinal regeneration focussing on spinal cord transplantation for paraplegia – the DePuy Spinal Regeneration Project.

Service management

Other contact information

General Manager
Ms Fiona Gow
Assistant General Manager
Stacey Fawcett –

Follow up and GP enquires: Please see the appropriate clinician page for the secretaries contact telephone number.

Admissions department: Telephone: 020 3448 3180


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

GP contact

Other referral information

NHS e-Referral Service (formerly Choose and Book referrals)

Choose and Book enquiries:

For specialists

Once a patient has been diagnosed with MSCC, the referrer should visit  

When the referrer is logged on, they will be able to refer the patient by submitting the online referral form.

At this point, the images should be sent via Image Exchange Portal to UCLH.

The referrer should then call the co-ordinator on 07903 531 674. This number is available 24/7.
The co-ordinator will be in touch within 2 hours of receiving all relevant information.

If the patient requires surgery, a bed will be ring-fenced for the patient and the team will be on stand-by to receive the patient. The co-ordinator will let the referrer know the location of this bed.

The referring hospital will be responsible for making appropriate transport arrangements for transfer of the patient to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery will be responsible for arranging transport at the time of repatriation of the patient following treatment.

If you have any queries, please call the co-ordinator on 07903 531 674.

Referral address

Department of Neurosurgery 
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery 
Queen Square 
London WC1N 3BG

We care for patients with:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Brain tumours
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Cerebral arterio-venous malformations
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracerebral haemorrhage
  • Meningiomas
  • Movement disorders
  • Trigeminal neuralgia 

Outpatient follow-up takes place at six to eight weeks.

Continued follow-up is tailor made to patient needs.