Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, along with Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, is one of the four units comprising the Managed Service Network for Neurosurgery in Scotland. It covers the largest geographical catchment area serving a population of 800,000.

The neurosurgical service has been expanding over the decades and is now delivered by five substantive consultant surgeons, four consultant anaesthetists, a dedicated neurosurgical theatre, access to emergency theatres, CT (including intra-operative), MR (including functional), PET scanner, neurophysiology, speech and language, specialist nursing and physiotherapy support and neuro-rehab. The neurosciences unit comprises neurosurgery, neurology, neurophysiology and the acute stroke unit, along with a dedicated neuro-HDU. There is access to a large ITU facility.

Sub-specialty neurosurgical interests include base of skull surgery, endoscopic surgery (including pituitary surgery), complex spinal surgery, spinal tumours, brain tumours and awake craniotomy.