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Our Neurosurgery department provides expert assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients with complex neurological disorders and head injuries from across East Anglia and other parts of the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of specialist services and use the very latest research and best practice to make sure the care our patients receive is safe, effective and of the highest possible quality.

Based on wards A3, A4, A5, D6 and J2 and within specialist outpatient clinics, our team diagnose and treat all types of brain and spine disorders while also caring for patients with head injuries. We also provide a wide range of other specialist services, including:

  • A regional service for patients with spinal trauma
  • Specialist oncology services for skull base, spinal and pituitary cancers
  • A national neurosurgical service for patients with neurovascular conditions
  • A regional epilepsy and functional neurosurgery service, based on video telemetry and deep brain stimulation

We treat more than 900 patients each year on our neurosciences critical care unit (NCCU), around 100 of which are admitted with severe head injuries. Highly regarded and well-respected, our specialist NCCU takes referrals from across the world.

We run a very busy on-call Neurosurgery service to the Eastern Region. Any medical team referring to us should please speak to the on-call Neurosurgical team and make a referral through our online referral portal,

Patient information

There are four Neurosurgery wards at CUH, A3, A4, A5 and D6. Patients under the care of the Neurosurgery team can be on any of these wards. We also have a Neuro critical care unit where patients who need more support will be admitted to.

Most patients coming for surgery will come through A3, our admissions ward. Patients will usually either be asked to arrive at 7am on the morning of their surgery, or 3pm the day before.

Our outpatient clinics are run out of various clinics within CUH and we advise to check your appointment letter to know exactly where to go.

If you have any questions regarding an appointment, or a more general query we would advise to contact your Consultant’s secretary in the first instance.

If your question is more related to your treatment, or after you have been discharge from hospital, please contact your Consultant’s nurse specialist, listed above.


Patients are referred to Neurosurgery by their GP, or as an onwards referral from another speciality who believe Neurosurgical intervention is to be considered.

Patients with back pain are usually first seen by the local Community MSK service who will advise on whether a referral to Neurosurgery is appropriate.

If you believe a referral to our Neurosurgery department is appropriate then please discuss with your GP in the first instance.

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