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 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.

If required you may be contacted to arrange another MRI scan before your appointment at King's. Some patients may also need to undergo other investigations before their appointment. If we have confirmed you need further investigations but you have not received a date for these yet, please contact the Spinal Co-ordinator or the MDT Assistant so they can arrange them.

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


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

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 5178
  • 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 MDT Assistant: +44 (0)20 3299 1225
  • Spinal MDT Co-ordinator: +44 (0)20 3299 5178
  • Spinal MDT Email: kch-tr.spinemdt@nhs.net

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 discectomy / fusion (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

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.

Referrals can be made by:
Email: kch-tr.spinemdt@nhs.net
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 below to determine the urgency of the referral.

Referrals from hospitals
Go to the acute neurosurgery referrals page for advice on how to refer using the inter-hospital system.

Referrals from GPs
Patients should be referred to their local A&E department for urgent assessment.

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
Mr Sinan Al-Barazi Consultant Neurosurgeon
Prof Keyoumars Ashkan Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Sanj Bassi Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr David Bell Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Richard Gullan Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Pandurang Kulkarni Associate Specialist Spinal Neurosurgeon
Mr Irfan Malik Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr R Selway Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Nick Thomas Consultant Neurosurgeon
Mr Christos Tolias Consultant Neurosurgeon