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The Neurosurgery service within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is a Regional Service serving the West of Scotland and also provides National Service for certain sub-specialties.

This page provides details for the adult neurosurgery service only. For paediatric neurosurgery cases please ask for paediatric neurosurgery service through the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital switchboard on 0141 201 1100.

The service accepts both emergency referrals and non-emergency elective referrals from the following West of Scotland Health Boards:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Western Isles
  • Parts of NHS Highland, including those located within Argyll and Bute HSCP

Making an emergency referral to neurosurgery

Emergency referrals can be made to the neurosurgery department using the SCI Gateway Emergency Dialogue system. This system is in place across all Emergency Departments and Orthopaedic departments within NHSGGC.

If you are referring from out with NHSGGC, from one of the above areas, please contact the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) switchboard on 0141 201 1100.

Please note the following before making a referral:

  • If you have a patient with a life or limb-threatening illness or any other emergencies, please ensure their referral is discussed with their responsible consultant prior to referral to the emergency neurosurgery on call service. It is imperative that senior (consultant level) clinical input is involved in decision making and a clear clinical question forms part of all referrals.
  • If a scan report suggests discussion with the on call neurosurgery service, please ensure the clinical scenario and imaging findings are discussed with the patient’s responsible consultant prior to referral.
  • If you require advice regarding complications post-operatively for a patient treated by this neurosurgery service, please follow the instructions above as an emergency referral.

Emergency referral of a patient with a spinal injury with neurological deficit

If you require advice regarding a patient with spinal injuries and neurological deficit, please contact the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit on call service, available via QEUH switchboard on 0141 201 1100. Please note, the National Spinal Injuries Unit is able to accept referrals from all NHS Scotland Boards. More information can be found at

Please note that all referrals are audited regularly and if deemed inappropriate, feedback for such referrals will be carried out through appropriate channels.

Making a non-emergency referral to neurosurgery

If you are a GP or Hospital Clinician who wishes to refer a non-emergency patient into the Neurosurgery service in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, this can be done electronically or as a paper letter referral.

If you need more information on an existing referral, if known, please document the neurosurgery consultant’s name to whom the initial referral was made. All follow-up discussions should be directed to that particular consultant’s team to expedite appropriate decision making and treatment plans, when possible.

For Neuro-oncology MDT queries, contact Deborah Houston, Neuro-oncology MDT Coordinator

For Pituitary MDT queries, contact

For questions about imaging, please discuss with on-call Neuroradiology via QEUH switchboard on 0141 201 1100.