Mr George Spink

Neurosurgeon

FRCS (SN), MRCS, MBBS, BSc (Hons), AKC


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I am the senior spinal Neurosurgeon for East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Between 2009 and 2017 I was the Clinical Director of Spinal Surgery for this region. My elective practice is entirely spinal and as such I undertake all aspects of elective and emergency spinal surgery dealing with simple degenerative spinal pathology, complex degenerative spinal deformity, spinal tumours, spinal trauma and joint replacement surgery.

Over the last decade I have been responsible for helping coordinate the development of spinal surgery services in the region, with particular reference to metastatic spinal cord compression, spinal cord injuries and spinal column fractures. I maintain membership of the European Spinal Society (EuroSpine), British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the Society of British Neurosurgeons (SBNS) and regularly attend their academic meetings and conferences. Since starting my consultancy I have carried out medicolegal work and also been involved with industry, working as a spinal technology expert on international advisory panels for multinational companies.

I was trained in Spinal Neurosurgery by Mr Adrian Casey and Professor Alan Crockard, at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Mr David Peterson at Charing Cross Hospital and Mr John Brecknell at Queens Hospital in London. On completing my training I took up a Consultant Neurosurgeon post at The John Radcliffe Hosptial in Oxford. I then moved to East Yorkshire when I was offered the role as head of Department for Spinal Surgery at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Outside of clinical medicine, I am a multi-award winning teacher with the local medical school (Hull York Medical School - HYMS) as a phase 1 academic tutor and an honorary senior clinical tutor for phase 2 and 3.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr George Spink at Spire include:

Neurosurgery

Other treatments

  • Head and neck surgery
  • Back pain
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Herniated disc
  • Interspinous process distraction system (X-Stop device)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spondylitis

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Neurosurgery
Back pain
Degenerative spine
Lumbar spine disorders
Neck pain
Pain management
Spinal surgery

Complex Spinal Surgery.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Society of British Neurosurgeons

Research and publications

My recent NHS driven research includes:

  • Outcomes in metastatic spinal cord compression
  • UCES (National cauda equina study)
  • Cervical fractures in the elderly population
  • Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring during spinal tumour surgery
  • Fusion vs Arthroplasty in cervical disc disease
  • ENTICE (National cauda equina study)
  • PROMs in spinal surgery
  • Dynamic stabilisation in lumbar discectomy
  • Outcomes in spinal stenosis surgery
  • Accuracy in spinal instrumentation
  • Improving diagnosis in cauda equina syndrome

Current NHS posts

Consultant neurosurgeon, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Consultant clinical lead on complex spine disease)

Personal profile

I was a keen sportsman in my youth, having represented England in athletics and the south west region in football and rugby. I have also held a private pilots license and black belt in Shotokan karate. I now prefer more sedentary pursuits including landscape photography, astronomy, Munro bagging and completing the Trail 100. 

Contact information

Telephone 01482 672444
Website http://www.heyneurosurgeon.co.uk
Private secretary Helen Shearsmith & Kerry Bailey
Private secretary telephone 01482 672 400
Private secretary email helen.shearsmith@spirehealthcare.com