What we do
King's Regional Neurosurgical Unit provides a specialist spinal service for people lving in South East London and Kent.
Our large 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 patient care possible.
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
Your hospital consultant, who has referred you to our service at King's, will need to send us your MRI scan completed in the last six months. Our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) will not be able to review your case until they have received this scan. The outcome of that assessment will be sent to you and, if appropriate, an appointment will be scheduled.
You may be required to have further investigations before your appointment. If you have not received a date for these, please contact the Spinal Co-ordinator or the MDT Assistant so that they can arrange for you to have them.
If you have been referred by your GP we may contact you to arrange an MRI scan before your appointment at King's.
For any concerns about your referral, please contact the Spinal Pathway Co-ordinator.
Suite 5, Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
- 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:
- lumbar spinal fusion
- anterior cervical discetomy (ACD/ACDF)
- cervical laminectomy
- cervical spinal fusion
- posterior lumbar
- interbody fusion (PLIF).
NOTE: The service does not accept referrals for patients with neck or axial back pain. We advise these patients 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 guidelines on the referral form to ensure it 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 last 6 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
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 last 6 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 to either of the following:
Fax: 020 3299 3280
Postal address: Spinal Team
Department of Neurosurgery
4th Floor, Hambleden Wing Central
King’s College Hospital
London SE5 9RS
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 Deparment on 020 3299 3280. The MRI scan must also be image-linked to King's Radiology Department the same day.
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.
Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:
Key Clinical Staff
|Mr 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|