The Neurosurgery Department is the major provider of paediatric neurosurgery services within South Australia. Our patients are 0-17 years of age and may live in South Australia, Northern Territory, Western New South Wales and Western Victoria.
We look after children with neurological conditions they were born with or later acquired including:
Neurosurgical procedures include:
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 or local emergency department first. Your doctor will consult with the Neurosurgical team for advice or to arrange for your child to be brought to the WCH.
Information for Health Professionals
For urgent referrals contact Neurosurgery Medical Officer via WCH switchboard (08) 8161 7000.
Outpatient appointments to Neurosurgery require referral letter. Clearly mark for referral to Neurosurgery Outpatient’s Department and fax 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.
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Procedures are performed in the Rogerson Theatre Complex.
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.
Paediatric Neurosurgery team
The WCH Paediatric Neurosurgery Service is a multidisciplinary team also consisting of:
Neuropsychology, general psychiatric and psychological services are accessed via the Department of Psychological Medicine.
The Neurosurgery Service works closely with other units including Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Rehabilitation and the Australian Craniofacial Unit.
Resources for Families
Consumer Health Information Sheets
Resources for Children
Contact and Location Information
Phone / Fax/ Email
last modified: 02 May 2019