An Introduction to the Cervical Spine Pathway

Patient Leaflets Team

  • Reference Number: HEY-837/2016
  • Departments: Neurosurgery

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: Reduced arm/limb power, increase in pins and needles, or loss of sensation.

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm – (01482) 674369 answer phone, or (01482) 328541 and ask for bleep 877
If 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 seen at least twice during your time on the pathway but it is often more than this. You will be seen at two weeks post injury and at eight weeks post injury. At your eight week appointment, it will be decided if or when you need to be reviewed again.

Most patients require their collar for twelve weeks or more but this will be decided at your eight week appointment.

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 GP 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, or (01482) 328541 and ask for bleep 877.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

If you or your carer needs information about your health and well-being and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.

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