As part of a major £24m upgrade of the existing theatre suites and the creation of two new theatres, we raised £4m to fully fund the creation of a new specialist Complex Spinal Theatre (due to be operational from summer 2017) alongside education and office facilities for neurosurgeons.
Advanced Neuroimaging Suite
Completed at a cost of £14 million, our funding helped to buy specialist MRI scanner and the neuronavigational BrainSuite system – which provides real-time scanning of the brain and spine during surgery and innovative treatments to patients with complex neurological conditions.
Conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries can leave patients without the most basic skills. The larger, more advanced rehabilitation unit at The National Hospital now helps patients to deal with these limitations and return to their homes, equipped to cope with day-to-day life as independently as possible.
Clinical Neurosciences Centre
Researchers and clinicians from The National Hospital and the UCL Institute of Neurology now work under one roof, which houses both outpatient and research facilities. The building at 33 Queen Square is critical to the running of The National Hospital – it brings together three vital elements: research, teaching and clinical practice.
The Molly Lane Fox Unit
Opened in March 2011, this unique facility puts The National at the forefront in diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with brain cancer. It’s a unique centre which is carrying out pioneering research into brain tumours with the aim of discovering breakthrough treatments.
Dementia Research Centre
This is a leading UK centre for trialling new drugs and treatments to slow the progression of dementia. Breakthroughs include identifying the first Alzheimer’s gene and pioneering magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to improve diagnosis and track progression of the disease. Now, the main focus of the Centre is on the five rarer dementias; which tend to affect people at a younger age than Alzheimer’s.
The Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases
The centre accommodates a large team of experts, research facilities and specialised systems to support the development of new treatments for conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy, motor neurone diseases, myasthenia gravis and muscular dystrophy.
Neuroimaging Analysis Centre
In the past five years, the number of patients treated annually at The National has reached over 157,000. This increased demand has a major impact on the services provided by our neuroradiology team which carries out more than 47,000 examinations and diagnostic reports each year. The new centre benefits patients suffering with conditions ranging from Parkinson’s and Prion disease to neuromuscular and neurodegenerative conditions including dementia, as well as brain cancer and stroke.
Neurocritical Care Unit
The unit is the largest dedicated medical and surgical intensive care unit in the UK for neuro injuries and conditions, providing state-of-the-art facilities for critically ill patients – especially those with head injuries and brain haemorrhage as well as both common and rare neurological diseases that require respiratory support.
Rockefeller Medical Library – Future Library Project
The library receives 30-40,000 visits every year from the Institute of Neurology, the National Hospital, UCL, UCLH and beyond and its web pages are accessed more than 22,000 times each month. This project marked a real turning point for the library providing on-site training facilities, a purpose-built archive and a museum.
Pain Management Centre
Nearly one in five people has a problem with chronic pain. Staff at the Pain Management Centre see more than 10,000 patients each year. Unlike many other centres, the team at The National take a multi-disciplinary approach involving psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses and doctors to explain the underlying condition and offer a range of possible treatments. The aim is to focus on goals that matter to people: like being able to work or play football with your child.