Hempenstall, Mr Jonathan

MB ChB (Hons), BSc, FRCS (SN)


  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal surgery


  • Open and endoscopic (minimally invasive) anterior skull base surgery (surgery to remove skull base tumours)
  • Pituitary surgery (surgery to remove tumours of the pituitary gland)
  • Management of vestibular schwannoma (a non-cancerous brain tumour)

Education and training

  • Medical training - University of Bristol
  • Basic surgical training - Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Neurosurgical training - Christchurch (New Zealand), John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford) and Wessex Neurological Centre (Southampton)


  • Marjorie Newsome Travelling Fellowship - Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona (2017)


Mr Hempenstall joined the Trust as a consultant neurosurgeon in February 2018. He is the clinical lead for skull base surgery at the Trust's Wessex Neurological Centre. 

Mr Hempenstall divides his time between the skull base and spinal services.

He treats a wide range of skull base conditions, including benign tumours in deep areas of the brain and skull such as meningiomas and vestibular schwannomas. These conditions often involve working closely with the ENT (ear, nose and throat) team, maxillofacial surgeons and oncologists. Mr Hempenstall is also a member of the pituitary multidisciplinary team and provides endoscopic surgical management for pituitary tumours.

He also manages a range of spinal conditions, working to to decrease pain and improve function for his patients by surgically decompressing pinched nerves within the spine.

Awards and prizes

Mr Hempenstall was awarded the Norman Dott Medal for the most outstanding performance in the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (neurosurgery) exam in 2016. 


You can contact Mr Hempenstall via his secretary, George Britton - call 023 8120 6694 or send an email.