Neurovascular surgery and intervention

Service contact information

  • Neurovascular Nurse Specialist telephone (answer phone) offers a daily non-urgent call back service and can be contacted on 0151 556 3325. (Calls are not always answered the same day)
  • Neurovascular secretary to consultants 0151 556 3352

Service detail

The neurovascular surgery and intervention service treats intracranial conditions involving diseases of cerebral blood vessels. The team predominantly treats acute patients, but also treats elective patients. The greatest proportion of the service is treating patients with acute sub-arachnoid haemorrhages from ruptured aneurysms.

Other conditions treated include arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulas, incidental and symptomatic aneurysms, intracerebral haemorrhage, subarachnoid haemorrhage without a cause being found and cavernoma.

Support is also provided to Alder Hey (such conditions are very rare in children).

The service consists of neurosurgeons, neuro-interventional neuroradiology consultants, neurovascular secretary, specialist radiographers, Theatres Department, an advanced nurse practitioner and nurse specialists.

Patient management and care is a multidisciplinary approach with a weekly multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting, which can be requested/accessed by discussing with the medical team.

The neurovascular neurology service can also be closely involved in cases where surgery isn’t required.

Inpatient and ongoing care is supported by a multidisciplinary team of therapists and the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network.

A ‘Road to Recovery Programme’, with input from the medical, nursing and therapy team and support from the Brain Haemorrhage Support Group, aims to support patients following aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.



The service participates in a variety of national trials, including ARUBA, STASH, HELPS, TEAM, carotid artery stenting vs endarterectomy and CARE studies in hyponatraemia in sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.

Getting here

The Neurovascular Team are located in the main building at The Walton Centre although they also offer a support service to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building

The Walton Centre Main Building

This building hosts many of our in-patient services, including wards and theatres, and some outpatients services.


Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LJ

Directions and map

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Referral information

Emergency inter-hospital referrals can be made via the neurosurgical registrar via The Walton Centre switchboard or via 

Routine and urgent referrals can be made via GP surgeries.

Patient leaflets

Brain Aneurysms and Screening

An aneurysm is formed when there is a weakness in the blood vessel (artery) causing a ballooning or ‘out-pouching’ that fills with blood.

Carotid and Vertebral Artery Stenting

Carotid or vertebral artery stenting is an endovascular treatment which means it is performed through a blood vessel by a consultant interventional neuro-radiologist. The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic.

Cerebral Cavernomas

Cavernoma are abnormal clusters of vessels with small bubbles (sometimes known as caverns) filled with blood that make them look like a raspberry or blackberry. Cavernomas are also known as cavernous angioma, cavernous haemangioma or cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM).


Cranioplasty is the surgical repair of a bone defect in the skull resulting from a previous operation or injury.

Dural Arteriovenous Fistula Of The Brain (DAVF)


  • It is one or more abnormal connections from an artery supplying the dura of the brain to a vein or venous sinus draining it. The abnormal connection (s) is/are called fistula.

Elective Endovascular Occlusion of Brain Aneurysm

A brain aneurysm is a fault or weakness in the wall of one of the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain.

Intraventricular Haemorrhage

What is an intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH)? This is bleeding inside or around the ventricles which are the fluid compartments of the brain

Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS)

Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a neurological disorder characterised by a sudden onset of severe headache associated with narrowing of blood pipes (intracranial vessels) that supply blood to the brain.

Subarachnoid haemorrhage

What is a subarachnoid haemorrhage and the treatment for it

Subarachnoid haemorrhage no cause found

Diagnosis and treatment for a subarachnoid haemorrhage

Surgery to remove a brain cavernoma

What is a cavernoma and the treatment for it

Surgical clipping of brain aneurysm

Treatment for a cerebral aneurysm

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Page last updated: 23 June 2021