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Spinal injuries

Published on 21 April 2022

This service manages the acute injury and lifetime care of all patients with a spinal cord injury to maximise function and prevent the complications of paralysis. It includes patients who have a spinal cord injury as a result of physical trauma. People suffering from an acute non-traumatic injury, as a result of disease or infection to the spinal cord, also receive care.

The Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit (QENSIU) is inside the Southern General Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C).

What does the spinal injuries unit provide?

The QENSIU offers acute surgical management and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for young people and adults.

The unit comprises of 12 high dependency beds, 30 rehabilitation beds and a 6-bedded respiratory care unit. There is also a fully-equipped gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool and step-down unit. The step-down unit allows inpatients to spend time with family and friends to experience independent living before going home.

Find further information on the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit website.

Lead clinician

Dr Margaret Purcell, Spinal Injuries Consultant


Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Govan Road
G51 4TF

NSD contact

NSD Specialist Services

Please note that NSD does not directly provide medical services and we won't be able to answer queries about your own care or appointments. If you would like to discuss any aspects of your care, please contact your primary healthcare provider. This might be your GP, Consultant, Nurse or other healthcare professional. They will be best placed to give you the right advice.