Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
The neurosurgery unit in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee serves a population of about 700,000 people from Tayside and North East Fife.
Ward 23B is on the 6th floor of the South Block. This is the dedicated neurosurgery ward in the hospital and has 20 neurosurgery beds. Four of these beds are in a specialist neurosurgical High Dependency Unit inside the ward. Another two neurosurgery beds are also available in Ward 23A, the neurology ward. This is joined to Ward 23B and run by the same Senior Charge Nurse.
Neurosurgery patients needing intensive care are looked after in the 7 bed general Intensive Care Unit in the hospital. Care is jointly delivered by a Consultant Neurosurgeon and a Consultant Intensivist.
There are four Consultant Neurosurgeons working in the Tayside Unit.
Neurosurgery out-patient clinics are held in the Ninewells Hospital Polyclinic, Area 3a on Level 7. Consultant-led clinics run between Monday and Thursday every week.
In Ninewells, children under the age of 13 are cared for in the Tayside Children's Hospital where they are jointly managed by a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Neurosurgeon. There is no Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). If a child is likely to require intensive care for an elective procedure, this will be discussed with a Paediatric Neurosurgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh or Glasgow and the child will be transferred to this hospital before surgery.
Further information on the MSN’s national audit of paediatric neurosurgery is available here.
Information about services and advice on travel to hospital can be found on the NHS Tayside Department of Neurosurgery website .