National Hospital For Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen's Square
The hospital has one of the largest dedicated neurological critical care facilities in the UK. There are two intensive care units, one medical and one surgical. The Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (SITU) has nine beds with a co-located High Dependency Unit with six beds and cares for acute admissions as well as those who have had major neurosurgery. There are facilities for state of the art monitoring of neurosurgical patients with many on going clinical research projects. The Unit is covered by Drs Appleby, Radcliffe, Smith and Wilson, with input from the appropriate neurosurgical teams. There are consultant sessions to cover each weekday. There is a consultant led outreach team, supported by the critical care team.
The Batten Harris Unit is a six-bedded neuromedical ITU which admits approximately 350 patients per year with a wide variety of neuromedical disorders. These include patients with myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, status epilepticus and encephalitis. In addition, the unit incorporates a sleep study unit which studies about 140 patients per year. Some of these are patients receiving domiciliary ventilation. The Unit is run jointly by Consultant Neuroanaesthetists Drs Hirsch, Radcliffe, Taylor and Amin, and Consultant Neurologists Professor Kullmann and Dr Howard. Daily rounds involve neurologists and anaesthetists. The unit has a designated neurology SHO and SpR who conduct the normal day to day business. The on call Anaesthetic SpR is responsible for the ITU aspects of the patients' care as well as contributing to the overall care.
Contact details for further information
Anaesthetics Secretary – 020 3448 4711
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery receives patients from a group of teaching and district general hospitals and provides neurological and neurosurgical services on a local, regional, national and international basis. The department provides anaesthesia for major vascular procedures, major spinal surgery, pituitary surgery, surgery for craniocervical disorders, stereotactic surgery, surgery for movement disorders, posterior fossa surgery and surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy. We also care for a large number of patients who have sustained head injuries and subarachnoid haemorrhage. There is also a busy Neuroradiology department with interventional radiology, MRI under general anaesthesia and a newly opened interventional operating suite