The Queen's Medical Centre (QMC) is home to one of the busiest regional neurosurgical departments in the country. Our highly specialist unit carries out a large proportion of emergency and urgent work.
We receive adult referrals from hospitals throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and parts of Lincolnshire. The paediatric catchment area is wider and includes Lincoln and Stoke.
Our neurosurgery team carries out around 1,700 operations at the QMC each year - 280 of them on children. We also run weekly outpatient clinics in Leicester General Hospital and Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.
What is neurosurgery?
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders affecting any part of the nervous system including the brain and spinal cord.
Our team of eleven consultants provides treatment for all major neurosurgical sub-specialties including paediatric neurosurgery and functional neurosurgery, to a catchment population of around three million.
Research and innovation
We consistently make significant contributions to key multicentre neurosurgical studies.
- We were the largest sole contributor to the International Sub Arachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT), which published its first results in 2002 and revolutionised the management of ruptured cerebral aneurysms.
- We contributed patients as well as expertise to the steering committee of the STICH trial looking at the role of surgery in intracerebral haemorrhage.
- We are now recruiting for BASICS trial.
- In neuro-oncology we have taken part in the evaluation of new therapies for brain tumours including Gliadel implantable chemotherapy and a novel gene therapy study for gliomas.
- Nottingham is part of a Functional Imaging Network which is steadily accruing and sharing data which allows detailed characterisation of brain tumours noninvasively.
- In functional neurosurgery, we took part in a national trial of surgery for Parkinson's disease, PDSURG.
- We are also recruiting for PROMISE trial (spinal cord stimulation in lower back pain).