The neurosurgical unit can be found on ward 24 (with a variable number of neuro-rehabilitation beds on ward 26) at The James Cook University Hospital.

Our staff provide a wide-range of healthcare expertise for outpatients, inpatients and adult patients who come into hospital as an emergency including:

  • head injuries and spinal injuries
  • brain haemorrhage (stroke, sub arachnoid haemorrhage)
  • brain tumours
  • skull base surgery
  • vascular malformations
  • brain revascularistion
  • epilepsy surgery
  • spinal degenerative disorders
  • spinal tumors

Medical education

Specialist trainees in neurosurgery, core surgical trainees, foundation doctors and medical students (Newcastle Medical School, Numed Malaysia and other international students) are trained in this department. Consultants are GMC recognised trainers and teachers.


Very active research portfolio. The department has extensive links with the National Institute of Health Research and academic bodies like Durham and Teesside universities. Consultants and trainees act as chief investigators and principal investigators for various national and international trials.

Due to the nature of admissions and the wide range of surgical procedures performed, the ward has its own high dependency unit (HDU) staffed by specially trained nurses.

Ward telephone number: (01642) 854524

As well as medical and nursing staff, a number of healthcare professionals are involved with our patients’ care including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech and language therapists.

Many of our consultant neurosurgeons work with other specialties including paediatrics (children), cranio-facial surgery and orthopaedics. The ward also has a neuro-oncology nurse specialist for patients with brain tumours.

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