About The Centre

Our heritage in neurosurgical excellence

Set up in 1978 by pioneering neurosurgeon Professor Alan Crockard, the centre now forms one of the most established in the UK's private sector. With over 10 leading neurosurgeons, all of whom have a well established reputation in the field, alongside an wider team of neurologists, oncologists, neuroradiologists, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, and more, we provide a multidisciplinary approach to each patient's individual needs.

Consultant neurosurgeon, Mr Ian Sabin, describes why this heritage is so relevant to the work our Centre now does.


"In the 1970s there were very few private hospitals able to do complex intracranial neurosurgery to the level we were doing. Even today, it’s still a relatively small number of hospitals who can manage the kind of complexity we manage routinely. We have developed a strong reputation and attract some of the best minds in the field."

The Neurosurgery Centre performs more than 1,000 complex surgical procedures every year for the full spectrum of neurological disorders including primary and metastatic tumours of the brain, spine and nerves. Our fully integrated team use the latest techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients and this includes minimally invasive surgery, robotics and stereotactic radiosurgery.


Putting patient safety first – every time

At the beginning of 2020 no one could have predicted how this pandemic might unfold. With this backdrop of uncertainty, one constant remains, the ongoing need for healthcare in a safe environment for all.

The Wellington Hospital has a long, established heritage in providing complex care which has meant the infrastructure to ensure the utmost safety for our patients was largely in place before this pandemic. Nonetheless we have reconfigured our Neurosurgery Centre to ensure we can go above and beyond national and international safety guidelines to make sure we are providing the safest possible environment for your care.

Mr Neil Dorward, Consultant Neurosurgeon stresses that safety is the highest consideration when bringing patients to The Wellington Hospital.

Patients who are about to face brain surgery all want reassurance that the facility is as safe as it can possibly be. What makes this hospital stand out is its outstanding safety governance, excellent ITU back-up, ultra-modern operating theatres, and our strong, multidisciplinary support team that includes reputable medical doctors and consultants.

State-of-the-art intraoperative MRI for neurosurgery

As part of HCA Healthcare UK’s continued investment in the latest medical technology, The Wellington Hospital’s Neurosurgery Centre is now equipped with an intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) scanner and fully integrated digital theatre.

The iMRI scanner allows surgeons to carry out an intraoperative MRI scan of their patient’s brain during their surgery. This gives the surgeon confidence that they have achieved their treatment goal. It also provides our patients with the best possible chance of tumours being removed fully without the need for further surgery.

Round the clock care

The Wellington Hospital Neurosurgery Centre has the largest private intensive care unit in the UK, supported by consultant intensivists. With over 30 Level 3 ICU beds, 24/7 care and specialist nursing staff, we offer our patients some of the finest facilities in the private sector. 
    ✓ 24/7 consultant neurosurgeon cover
    ✓ 24/7 intensive care back up
    ✓ 24/7 specialist nursing staff

These capabilities come together to create a unit unlike any other in the private sector — one that allows us to offer highly specialist care, at any time of day or night.

Having worked in the hospital for 28 years I can’t imagine anywhere better. From fully equipped operating theatres to the quality of the patient facilities and outstanding nursing support, The Wellington delivers exactly what my patients need

Mr Ian Sabin, Consultant Neurosurgeon

Multidisciplinary approach

Having a fully joined up and integrated approach, with cross-specialty and multidisciplinary teams working together, is key to how our patients access the specialised care they need. We conduct weekly MDTs for both cranial and spinal surgery, both supported by a solid network of professionals including neurologists, neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons and many others, all to ensure the comprehensive care of each patient’s specific condition.

The extended team includes regular input from neuroradiologists who provide accurate interpretation of scans, expert neuro-physiologists who stimulate ‘evoked potentials’ during spinal surgery to monitor spinal cord function, and neuro-pathologists who are vital for building a true picture of each patient’s condition. 

Using the latest technology

Our Centre has some of the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and treatment technology at our disposal, including;

  • Gamma Knife®, a high precision radiosurgery suite that has revolutionised surgery outcomes

  • Kinevo® microscope, a game-changing surgical microscope. This specialist microscope uses infrared to show up blood flow in the vessels, fluorescents to illuminate tumours, and advanced robotic functions to assist in a range of surgical treatments – all to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Our Centre has also recently opened a new, state-of-the-art angiography suite for interventional radiology. The suite offers extremely clear 3D views through biplanar imaging for coiling aneurysms. These cutting-edge, minimally invasive techniques have significantly advanced the diagnosis and treatment of vascular malformations that would have been virtually untreatable only 20 years ago.

How does Gamma Knife treatment work?

In this video, Mr Ian Sabin, Consultant Neurosurgeon, explains how Gamma Knife works and what conditions it can be used to help treat at The London Gamma Knife Centre.

Contact The Neurosurgery Centre

To make an appointment with our Neurosurgery Centre at The Wellington Hospital 


020 3811 5631
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