Brain, spine and neuromuscular

The Wessex Neurological Centre provides treatment for disorders affecting the brain, spine and nerves. The centre serves a population of over three million people and treats patients from across the South, including the Channel Islands.

The central nervous system is highly complex and so are the diseases that affect it. We treat a wide range of conditions which require the skills of many different specialists. Frequently, a patient’s overall care will be overseen either by a neurologist or a neurosurgeon (if surgery is anticipated). Extensive support is also provided by other teams during investigation and treatment.

Specialties

Our specialties include:

Neurology|

Many diseases affecting the brain, spine, nerves or muscles will be managed by a neurologist. Some of the most common conditions include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. However, there are a large number of other neurological symptoms and diseases treated by neurologists at the Wessex Neurological Centre.

Neurosurgery|

Neurosurgeons treat diseases of the nervous system that may require surgery. Broadly, this includes head injuries, haemorrhages, brain tumours, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, epilepsy surgery and functional neurosurgery for some pain syndromes and movement disorders. 

Paediatric neurosurgery also has its own specialist team. Spinal surgery is undertaken by both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons depending on the problem. 

Neurophysiology|

The neurophysiology department carry out tests of the functioning of the nervous system. Examples include electroencephalograms (EEGs) which measure brain electrical activity, and nerve conduction studies which can help to assess the functioning of some nerves.

Neuropsychology|

The neuropsychology department helps patients who have problems with their memory, established brain diseases or injuries, to establish how this affects their psychological function.

Neurorehabilitation|

The neurorehabilitation team help patients with established brain injuries improve their recovery with exercises and support. They have their own physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams that continue the work started by the ward teams.

Neuroradiology

The neuroradiology department perform all imaging of the nervous system. This includes x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans and angiograms. They also perform some treatments particularly for neurovascular disorders such as aneurysms.

Neuroanaesthesia

The neuroanaesthesia team administer anaesthesia for neurosurgical operations. In addition to this, a group of specialist neuroanaesthetists with a special interest in the care of patients with brain disorders who are critically ill work in the the neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU).

Neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU)|

Patients with disorders of the brain, spine or nerves who are critically ill or require the assistance of a ventilator for breathing are managed on this renowned specialist unit.

Useful telephone numbers

For enquiries about an admission, appointment, operation date or to let us know of any changes to arrangements please telephone:

  • Southampton neurology office: 023 8120 8998 
  • Portsmouth neurology office: 023 8120 4922 (enquiries regarding appointments for neurology patients seen at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth)
  • Isle of Wight neurology office: 023 8120 6467
  • Neurosurgery: 023 8120 6067