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Sunday, 19 November 2017
Referring to the Spinal Surgery Emergency Service

Ipswich Hospital offers a comprehensive 24/7 on-call Spinal Surgical Emergency Service.

The Spinal Surgical Unit offers an emergency service to cover all aspects of spinal surgery including:
• cauda equina;
• spinal fractures;
• spinal infections; and
• metastatic spinal disease, including MSCC.

The Spinal Unit also offers access to an acute spinal clinic that is run by the on-call spinal surgeon weekly. This clinic is accessed via the Spinal secretaries.

Referral Guidelines

GP referrals
All GP referrals should be made via the Orthopaedic on-call registrar. The registrar is contactable via the Ipswich Hospital Switchboard on 01473 712233, 24/7.

Emergency Department referrals
All referrals from the Emergency Department should be made via the Orthopaedic on-call registrar. The registrar is contactable via the Ipswich Hospital Switchboard on 01473 712233, 24/7.

Ipswich Hospital ward referrals
All ward referrals from within Ipswich Hospital should be made via the Orthopaedic on-call registrar. The registrar is contactable via the Ipswich Hospital Switchboard on 01473 712233, 24/7.

Tertiary referrals (West Suffolk Hospital, Colchester Hospital, Mid-Essex Hospital)
0830 – 1700, Monday to Friday, for registrar-to-registrar referral please call 07467 069656.
1700 – 0830, Monday to Friday, weekends and bank holidays – for registrar-to-registrar referral please call the Ipswich Hospital Switchboard on 01473 712233.
At all times a consultant-to-consultant referral can be made via the switchboard at Ipswich Hospital.

All tertiary referrals should also submit a form to ensure all the correct information is forwarded. Complete and submit the Tertiary Referral Form here.