COVID-19 Restrictions to remain in place at our hospital

We would like to remind you that the restrictions currently in place across the NHS will remain for the foreseeable future. This includes limitations on visiting patients, and infection control measures such as wearing face masks, temperature checks and maintaining social distancing when at our hospital.

Spinal Surgery

Service contact information

Service detail

The spinal service at The Walton Centre is one of the most active in the country and was named as a Spinal Centre of Excellence by Eurospine in 2019. The service delivers thousands of elective and emergency spinal procedures each year with audited, high quality outcomes. Operating takes place at The Walton Centre which is co-located with the Major Trauma Centre in Aintree University Hospital.  Outpatient clinics are held within the unit along with satellite regional sub-specialist clinics in Whiston, Wigan, Chester, Southport, the Isle Of Man, North Wales and Wirral. The Walton Centre spinal service also provides the region with 24/7 emergency on-call support.

A multidisciplinary team including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic spinal surgeons, radiologists, microbiologist, neurologists, pain specialists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses work together in treating all types of spinal pathology, including simple and complex disorders.

Adult Degenerative spinal disease:

  • Sciatica secondary to lumbar disc herniation
  • Sciatica secondary to bone wear and tear changes
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain and referred arm pain due to disc herniation
  • Cervical spinal myelopathy
  • Lumbar canal stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Osteoporotic spinal insufficiency fracture


Adult Degenerative deformity:

  • Sagittal plane imbalance such as spondylolisthesis
  • Coronal plane deformity such as degenerative scoliosis


Spinal tumours including:

  • Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) for which The Walton Centre is the regional treating centre
  • Neurofibromas
  • Schwannomas
  • Tumours of the spinal cord, such as intrinsic gliomas, ependymomas and haemangioblastomas
  • Primary bone tumours of the spine


Other conditions treated include:

  • Spinal trauma
  • Chiari Malformations
  • Syringomyelia
  • Calcified giant thoracic discs
  • Vascular malformations of the spine

We have a weekly multidisciplinary meeting, covering spinal disorders with neuroradiology support and a second meeting covering complex spinal deformity.


Spinal Nursing Team


The spinal nursing team provide regular assessments for in-patients, managing bladder, bowel and specialised care for spinal cord injury patients. The spinal nursing team work closely with the whole clinical team within The Walton Centre and external organisations, arranging scans, medications and interventions as needed. There is a spinal nurse on the morning ward rounds Monday to Friday and if you would like to speak to one of the team while you are an in-patient, please ask the ward staff.


The spinal nursing team provide pre-operative advice and support via telephone clinics and also provide follow up clinic to review patients after surgery and/or discharge.

The spinal nursing team also provide specialist clinics for those requiring OPAT (out-patient antibiotic treatment), patients requiring support with bladder and bowel management problems, fracture clinics for those who need review for a spinal fracture and orthotics support for patients in braces or collars.

The team also has emergency access review clinic appointments, so if you have symptoms that are assessed as requiring urgent review then the spinal nursing team can see you in clinic at short notice.



You are able to contact us for clinical advice and support, for queries related to your condition only. If you have symptoms you are concerned about then please leave a message with your name, date of birth and contact number and we will get back to you. Please be aware the spinal nursing team work Mon- Fri 8am-6pm and answer the calls once daily, for emergency advice outside of the hours please contact your GP or your local A+E Department. For queries concerning clinic appointments, referrals, clinic letters etc. please contact the secretary for your consultant via the hospital switchboard 0151 529 6100



Getting here

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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Patient leaflets

Cervical Collar

A cervical collar is a neck brace that limits the movement of your neck while providing you with support and can also provide some pain relief.

Cervical Spine Surgery

The surgical procedure that you are to be admitted for depends on your specific requirements, but this information is for those who are to have surgery performed in the cervical spine (neck area). 

Halo jacket system

The system you are wearing is called a halo jacket system and is specifically designed to hold your neck still whilst the bones in your neck heal, in a similar way to how a broken leg or arm would be put into plaster to stop it moving whilst it heals.

Lumbar microdiscectomy

A lumbar microdiscectomy is performed for someone who has a prolapsed disc in the lower back area, sometimes known as a slipped disc.

Lumbar puncture under X-ray control

A lumbar puncture (LP) is a procedure used to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF testing can provide your doctors with information about how the brain and spinal cord is working.

Lumbar spine surgery

Information to help you understand what will happen to you during your time with us for lumber spinal surgery. It also contains your physiotherapy exercises for you to do following your surgery and some general advice following lumbar spinal surgery.

Lumber fractures

This patient information has been designed to help give you information about your condition. It is an overview for patients who have sustained a fracture (break) to the bones in the lumbar spine (lower back area).

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) - Information for patients being considered

Information for patients being considered for spinal cord stimulation (SCS)

Tethered spinal cord

Tethered spinal cord and the treatment for it

Thoracic fractures

This patient information has been designed to help give you information about thoracic fractures.

View all related Patient leaflets

Spinal Surgery Consultants

Mr Farouk Olubajo

Mr Farouk Olubajo is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre.

Mr Simon Clark

Mr Clark completed his neurosurgical training in 2011 and has been a consultant at The Walton Centre since January 2012 with a specialist interest in all aspects of adult spinal disorders

Mr Tim Pigott

Mr Pigott was appointed as a consultant at The Walton Centre in 1994. Between October 2018 and October 2019, he was appointed as President of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe, a society which spans the globe seeking to improve treatment for spinal patients.

Mr David Carter

Mr David Carter is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre

Mr Narendra Rath

Mr Narendra Rath was awarded certification in Trauma and Orthopaedics from a specialist training programme in United Kingdom. His initial spinal surgery training was at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and was followed by higher training at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. Mr Rath was granted a Master’s Degree in Trauma Surgery and is academically. He specialises in Endoscopic (Keyhole) Spinal Surgery.

Miss Maggie K Lee

Miss Maggie Lee is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre. She was previously a consultant in complex spinal surgery in Manchester and is currently an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

Mr Nick Carleton-Bland

Since being appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre in 2017, Mr Carleton-Bland has run a full time clinical practice alongside an educationalist practice in undergraduate and post-graduate settings. He is a human factors trainer, he has won a national teaching award from Association for Perioperative Practice and won the postgraduate ‘Excellence in Education’ award 2020 from the North West School of Surgery.  

Page last updated: 23 June 2021