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Spinal injuries

Published on 24 November 2020

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 Alan N McLean

NSD contact

Senior Programme Manager, Anke Roexe – – 0131 3141053


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