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Mr. Carl Hardwidge

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The Nuffield Hospital
Burrell Rd
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 1UD
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Update. Mr Carl Hardwidge is available for video consultation where appropriate and remote hearings for trial by video links.

I was appointed consultant in 1992 and remain in the same unit. I have had a very broad experience in all aspects of adult neurosurgery but have developed interest and expertise in Skull Base surgery, including the management of acoustic neuromas; trigeminal, glossopharyngeal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm; Chiari Malformation and syringomyelia from all causes; intradural spinal tumours; degenerative spinal surgery and training and examining. I have served as President of the British and European Skull Base Societies and presented at many national and international meetings.

I was an examiner for the Intercollegiate exam board in Neurosurgery for 15 years serving as the Hon Secretary for the exam board and as exam assessor. I am now an international Neurosurgical FRCS Examiner. From the training side I chaired the regional training committee for more than 10 years and I am currently the Regional Training Program Director. I became Clinical Director of Neuroscience Stroke Rehabilitation and Spinal surgery within my Trust in 2012 which I stepped down from in November 2018. I continue in a full time NHS consultant post.

As a newly qualified consultant I undertook report personal injury work for the first 5 years or so. Attending court on a number of occasions mainly related to post traumatic syringomyelia, the onset of chiari related symptoms but also other post trauma injuries.

Having stepped down from a major management Role in my Trust I have restarted undertaking Medico legal work. I have undertaken a training course through the Royal Society of Medicine and have written reports for both defendants and claimants. I have also worked for the coroner as her expert in a jury case. I am now looking to expand my medico-legal practice.


Undergraduate training at Southampton Medical school; Neurosurgery training at University hospital of Wales as SHO / Registrar; Registrar at the Walton Center for Neurosurgery Liverpool and Senior Registrar in Birmingham at the Midlands Center for Neurosurgery in Smethwick, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Expert Training

Royal Society of Medicine report writing and witness training 2016.


Society of British Neurosurgeons; British Skull base Society; British association of Spinal Surgeons; Royal Society of Medicine; British Meningioma Society.

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