Medical professionals

Most patients with spinal symptoms will settle with conservative therapy over a 4-5 week period. If the patient fails to improve during this time then a neurosurgical spinal referral should be considered. Other indications for a surgical opinion include:

Below is a copy of a referral pathway for spinal pathology.

For further information please see the recent NICE guidelines on the management of back pain.


**It is recommended that emergency NHS referrals are made via the website. This should be followed up with a call to the on call neurosurgical team on (01482) 875875 for advice on the emergency management and to confirm receipt of the referral.**

The Neurosurgical team comprises of 12 consultants, each with their own subspecialty. Referrers may wish to take these areas of expertise into account when making a referral. The complex spinal team in this region includes:

  • Mr George Spink
  • Mr Vasilieos Arzoglou
  • Mr Martin Drozda
  • Mr Chris Lee (orthopaedics)
  • Mr Shuaibu Dambatta
  • Mr Masood Hussain
  • Mr Amar Bhavsar

To contact
Mr Spink’s secretary
at The Spire Hospital, Anlaby

Helen Shearsmith and Kerry Bailey

(01482) 672464

The Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital
Lowfield Road,
Hull HU10 7AZ

To arrange an outpatient appointment at Nuffield Health, York, please contact the appointments team.

To contact
Mr Spink’s secretary
at Hull Royal Infirmary

Jimane Edwards

(01482) 604329

6th floor Alderson house,
Hull Royal Infirmary,
Anlaby Road
Hull HU3 2JZ

At Hull Royal the Neurosurgical ward is located on the 4th floor.

To arrange an
outpatient appointment
at Nuffield Health, York

(01904) 891849
Nuffield Health York Hospital,
Haxby Road
York YO31 8TA