Spinal surgery

What we do

King's Regional Neurosurgical Unit provides a specialist spinal service for people living in South East London and Kent.

Our team includes neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, pain relief doctors, neuroradiologists and a spinal clinical nurse specialist, enabling us to offer a wide range of treatments and provide the best possible patient care.

We treat degenerative spinal conditions such as back and neck pain, lumbar, cervical and thoracic problems and sciatica.

We have four neurosurgeons who specialise in complex spinal surgery and the treatment of spinal injuries. We also have a joint complex spine clinic which enables the team to discuss the best treatment options for each patient.

Preparing for your appointment

The hospital consultant who referred you to our service at King's will need to send us your MRI scan, which needs to have been taken in the past six months. We will not be able to review your case until we have received this scan. We will let you know what is agreed at the review and, if appropriate, make an appointment for you to see us.

You may need to have more investigations before your appointment. If you have not received a date for these, please contact the Spinal Co-ordinator or the MDT Assistant so they can arrange them.

If you have been referred by your GP' we may contact you to arrange an MRI scan before your appointment at King's.

If you have any concerns about your referral, please contact the Spinal Pathway Co-ordinator.

Location

Suite 5, Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Neurosciences Admissions Office: +44 (0)20 3299 1583
  • Outpatient Appointment Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 1919
  • Pre-assessment team: +44 (0)20 3299 4433
  • Spinal Pathway Co-ordinator: +44 (0)20 3299 5178

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

We treat a variety of spinal conditions using procedures that include:

  • discectomy/microdiscectomy
  • laminectomy
  • lumbar spinal fusion
  • anterior cervical discetomy (ACD/ACDF)
  • cervical laminectomy
  • foraminotomy
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • posterior lumbar
  • interbody fusion (PLIF).

Please note: We do not accept referrals for patients with neck or axial back pain. These patients should be referred to a local musculo-skeletal assessment service.

What is required before referring a patient

All referrals must be submitted using the referral form below. Please follow the guidelines on the referral form to ensure your referral is made within the correct timescale and to the most appropriate service.

All referral letters must be accompanied by an MRI scan carried out within the past six months. This should be sent via the image-link facility for emergency/urgent referrals or on CD for routine referrals.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

Please read the guidelines on the referral form before you make a routine referral to ensure the patient requires a neurosurgical opinion.

All completed referral forms must be accompanied by an MRI scan, performed within the past six months, of the relevant area of the spine. Please send the MRI on a CD or image-linked with the referral letter.

Please send referrals to the Spinal Team using one of the following routes:
Email: kch-tr.spinemdm@nhs.net
Fax: 020 3299 3715
Post: Spinal Team, Department of Neurosurgery
4th Floor, Hambleden Wing Central
King’s College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS

Emergency Referrals

Please read the guidelines on the referral form to determine the urgency of the referral.

Hospitals wishing to make an emergency referral should call King's main switchboard on 020 3299 9000 and ask to speak to the on-call Neurosurgical Registrar.

GPs wishing to make an emergency referral should refer patients to their local A&E department for urgent assessment.

Urgent referrals can be faxed to King's Neurosurgery Department on 020 3299 3715. The MRI scan must also be image-linked to King's Radiology Department the same day.

Other Queries

For other queries as well as advice and guidance on urgent and routine referrals, contact the Spinal Pathway Co-ordinator on 020 3299 5178 or the MDT Assistant on 020 3299 1225.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Prof Keyoumars Ashkan Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Sinan Barazi Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Sanj Bassi Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr David Bell Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Ranj Bhangoo Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mrs Katrina Edden Clinical Nurse Specialist - spinal
Mr Richard Gullan Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Pandurang Kulkarni Associate Specialist Spinal Neurosurgeon
Mr Irfan Malik Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Anwar Rahim Spinal Pathways Coordinator
Mr Richard Selway Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Nick Thomas Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Christos Tolias Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Daniel Walsh Consultant Neurosurgeon