The Neurosurgery Department looks after children with moderate to severe head injuries as well as post injury complications. The Department also provides services for children with congenital neurological abnormalities such as hydrocephalus and spina bifida, and treats children with tumours of the central nervous system and peripheral nerve injuries.
Services are provided in South Australia , Northern Territory , Broken Hill and Western Victoria .
How to access the service
For emergency assistance, your child should be brought to the Hospital's Emergency Department for assessment. If necessary a referral will be made to the Neurosurgical team. In rural or remote areas, it may be wise to be seen by your local doctor first. Your doctor will consult with the Neurosurgical team for advice or to arrange for your child to be brought to the WCH.
For outpatient appointments to Neurosurgery a doctor's referral letter should be sent to:
Neurosurgical Outpatient Department
Or faxed to: (08) 8161 6246.
Please indicate if an interpreter is needed.
Appointment details will be forwarded on receipt of the referral.
Information for Families
Each child is clinically assessed and appropriate investigations (such as CT and MRI scans) will be arranged if required. A plan is then discussed with you and your child to best manage their particular problem.
Procedures are performed in the Rogerson Theatre Complex.
Elective patients will be cared for in the Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA) Ward.
Long stay cases will be cared for in the appropriate ward for their age:
Elective surgery and outpatient review is undertaken during normal working hours.
For emergency care, the WCH Paediatric Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A member of the Neurosurgical Unit can be contacted by the Emergency Department or local doctor as required.
Acting Unit Head, Neurosurgery
Visiting Senior Neurosurgeon
Level 2 Good Friday Building
Department of Neurosurgery
Ph (08) 8161 7000 (switchboard will contact the Emergency Department or on-call Neurosurgeon in emergencies)
Ph (08) 8161 7399 Outpatient referrals
Ph (08) 8161 7230 Department Administrative Assistant
Fax (08) 8161 7057