Making an Online Referral...

This electronic system should be used for all urgent referrals that are not immediately life-threatening and can be accessed via the links below. You will receive a response via the same software.

If your patient has one of the potentially life-threatening conditions listed below - please phone the neurosurgical registrar on-call on the emergency mobile number (via LGI switchboard).

Potentially life-threatening emergencies:

  • Acute Subdural Haematoma
  • Extradural Haematoma
  • Intracerebral Haematoma with deteriorating GCS
  • Spontaneous (Non-Traumatic) Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
  • Spinal Epidural Haematoma
  • Cerebral Abscess
  • Subdural Empyema
  • Spinal Epidural abscess
  • Acute Hydrocephalus (excluding normal pressure hydrocephalus)
  • Any patient with an intracranial mass lesion(TUMOUR/HAEMATOMA) and deteriorating GCS


To proceed to make an online referral, click one of the buttons below:

Please click on an option to proceed to make a referral Proceed to Refer a Patient Directly Get information on how to register and use the site

Please note that acute cases of back pain, thoracic/lumbar fractures, discitis and suspected or confirmed metastatic spinal cord compression should be referred to the registrar on call for orthopaedics at Leeds General Infirmary, via the LGI switchboard. For further information on who to contact for spinal problems please see the spinal referral guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

It's a life-threatening emergency, what should I do?

Why can’t I just ‘phone you directly about this?

  • The online referral service was introduced in response to feedback from referring hospitals who requested a written, auditable record of the neurosurgical referral process
  • The service has also been introduced to ensure compliance with national and local Information Governance requirements
  • The new service offers those referring the benefits of:

    • Documented decisions and plans that can be printed and placed in patient notes
    • Time and date-stamped referrals and responses
    • Removing the need to re-discuss with neurosurgery if initial conversations aren't recorded in the notes
    • Consistency of care (and therefore responses and plans) within neurosurgical registrars and consultants, rather than having to start from scratch the next day with a new neurosurgeon on-call
    • Quick responses
    • Not needing to remain on hold while switchboard are trying to contact the on-call neurosurgeon (who may be operating)
    • It is hoped that this service may soon be used to facilitate the re-patriation of patients also
    • The on-call mobile is kept free for truly life-threatening emergencies, so that these can be given the immediate attention that they require
  • The benefits from the neurosurgical point of view are also numerous:

    • Ability to triage referrals effectively and deal with these sequentially without being repeatedly disturbed by bleeps that may or may not require urgent attention
    • Written, documented plans of action can be provided for patients
    • Auditable database of referrals in order to monitor and improve standards of care for patients
    • Less time spent re-discussing plans for patients will allow for more prompt responses to queries.

I only want some advice, can I just ‘phone you?

Has this system been approved in my Trust?

I'm having trouble logging in/gaining access - what should I do?


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