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Mr. N V Todd

Professional Description:

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon



Blyth Workspace
Commissioner's Quay
Quay Road
NE24 3AF
Area of work:

Newcastle upon Tyne


I work as a neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon. I retired from the NHS in 2011. I continue to work in academic neurosurgery and in personal injury and medical negligence litigation. I have treated patients with the widest range of neurological and neurosurgical conditions. I would consider myself expert in the management of traumatic brain injury (head injury), spinal injury, cauda equina syndrome, paediatric brain and spinal tumours, adult brain and spinal tumours, degenerative disorders of the spine, cervical myelopathy, cervical radiculopathy, neck pain, lumbar radiculopathy, low back pain, ischaemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid haemorrhage, CNS infection, spinal infection, brain abscess, epidural abscess, spinal epidural haematoma and hydrocephalus.

I have also provided specialist services in the field of spinal surgery including a regional service for the assessment and surgical treatment of rheumatoid disorders of the cervical spine.

In 1983-1984 I was a Medical Research Council training fellow in Neurosurgery undertaking experimental research in the area of ischaemic cerebro-vascular disease. I have subsequently undertaken clinical research in many areas.
I have published a higher degree and have over 120 neurosurgical publications or abstracts. I have provided some thousands of reports, for both personal injury litigation and medical negligence litigation. I have appeared in the County Court and High Court on many occasions. I would estimate that I am currently instructed approximately 60% by Claimants and 40% by Defendants.

During the restrictions that are required to manage the coronavirus pandemic Mr Todd will provide Virtual Clinics for the provision of condition and prognosis/quantum reports. He will contact patients either via telephone or video conferencing. The current symptoms, any change in symptoms, the current functional problems, past medical history and medication can all be recorded. This should be enough to permit decision-making about the litigation and to prepare Letters of Claim or Defence, Particulars of Claim or a Defence. The only aspect that would be missing is clinical examination but if that was needed it could be performed later when we are back to normal.

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