An Introduction to the Cervical Spine Pathway

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-837/2020
  • Departments: Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Last Updated: 7 December 2020

This is a nurse led service and you may not see a doctor during your treatment, but they are available to advise the nursing team if required.

It is important you contact us immediately on the numbers below if you experience any of the following symptoms of reduced arm/limb power, increase in pins and needles, or loss of sensation.

Monday –Friday 8.00am-4.00pm (01482) 674369 answer phone. Out of hours (01482) 674248 Ward 4

You need to keep your collar on at all times, including sleeping and bathing, unless you have been instructed otherwise.

Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.

Do not drive until your final appointment and you have been advised that you are safe to drive. Driving may invalidate your insurance.

You will be reviewed at least twice during your time on the pathway but it is often more than this. These reviews may be a face to face review or a telephone review. You will be reviewed at two weeks post injury and at twelve weeks post injury.

Most patients require their collar for twelve weeks, however in some cases, it may be necessary for you to have your collar in place indefinitely or “lifelong”. If this is the case, it will be discussed with you at the time the decision is made.

Your collar can be changed on a regular basis; we will teach you and your family/carer how to do this.

We will contact your doctor after each appointment to keep them informed of your progress and your plan of care. We are here to advise and support you along the pathway so please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the department on telephone number (01482) 674369.

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