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The South West London Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC) Service is based at St George’s Hospital and provides a 24 hour advisory service and surgical management for the patients with MSCC.  The service serves south west London  and is part of the South West London and St Lukes Cancer Alliance (SLCA).

MSCC is defined as spinal cord or cauda equina compression by direct pressure and/or induction of vertebral collapse or instability by metastatic spread or direct extension of malignancy that threatens or causes neurological disability.

The majority of MSCC cases occur in patients with a pre-existing cancer diagnosis, however in around 20% of patients it is their first cancer presentation.

Mortality data

Consultant outcome publication (COP) is an NHS England initiative to increase transparency within the NHS and to provide the public with information on surgical outcomes. The Neurosurgical National Audit Programme (NNAP) has been mandated by NHS England to publish activity and mortality data for all neurosurgery units and consultant neurosurgeons practising in England.

The newly published mortality data shows that the St George’s Hospital neurosurgery unit has a lower than expected mortality rate.  You can read the NNAP report on St George’s and compare our performance with other neurosurgery units on the Neurosurgical National Audit Programme website.

Consultant Outcome Publication 2014

Read the mortality data and outcome report for each of our consultant neurosurgeons: