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Capital & Coast DHB Neurosurgery Service

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Description

Neurosurgery is a surgical discipline that deals with operative management of diseases of the nervous systems, including brain, spinal cord, peripheral and autonomous nerves. It also deals with supporting structures like vessels, meninges, skull, spine, intervertebral discs and the pituitary gland. 

Some common neurosurgical conditions are listed below. 

Consultants

Hours

Our on-call service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Referral Expectations

Patients with urgent neurosurgical problems are likely to be referred directly to the Emergency Department at Wellington Hospital.

Non-urgent patients will have an appointment made for them in the Neurosurgical Outpatient Clinic.

Common Conditions

  • Brain Tumour


    The World Health Organisation categorises brain tumours into four grades in accordance with their growth potential and malignancy:… More

  • Cerebral Aneurysm



    A cerebral aneurysm is a weakened section in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain that bulges or balloons out.… More

  • Cervical Myelopathy

    Cervical myelopathy results in tingling and numbess of the upper limbs and unsteadiness of gait.… More

  • Herniated Discs

    Between the vertebrae in your spine are flat, round discs that act as shock absorbers for the spinal bones.… More

  • Hydrocephalus

    Hydrocephalus is a blockage to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through the brain.… More

  • Intracerebral Haemorrhage

    Intracerebral haematomas (ICH) are mostly due to high blood pressure.… More

  • Pituitary Tumours



    Pituitary tumours are usually benign and are called adenomas. Some of these tumours can produce hormones that can lead to acromegaly, Cushing's Disease and prolactin secretion.… More

  • Seizures

    Epileptic seizures are caused by a disturbance of the electrical activity in the brain.  There are many different types.… More

  • Spinal Tumour

    Tumours may be found within the spinal cord itself, between the spinal cord and its tough outer covering, the dura, or outside the dura.… More

  • Subdural Haematoma

    A subdural haematoma is a collection of blood that forms beneath the outer protective covering of the brain, the dura mater.… More

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Trigeminal neuralgia is facial pain due to an abnormality affecting the trigeminal nerve.… More

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Contact Details

General Enquiries: (04) 385 5999
Fax: (04) 385 5856

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (04) 385 5999

Neurosurgical Department
Level 7,
Wellington Regional Hospital
Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington South 6021

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Neurosurgical Department
Level 7,
Wellington Regional Hospital
Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington South 6021

Postal Address

Neurosurgical Department
Wellington Hospital
Private Bag 7902
Wellington South 6021

This page was last updated at 10:04AM on August 2, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Neurosurgery Service.