Nicholas Thomas is an eminent London-based neurosurgeon operating at a number of prestigious medical institutions in the capital, including NHS King’s College Hospital, the Harley Street Clinic and the London Neurosurgery Partnership.
‘Over my career I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients coming into clinic with back and neck pain related symptoms.’ he tells Spear’s. ‘I would attribute this to a change in lifestyle for many of the population, with a dramatic rise in desk-based jobs.’
The London Neurosurgery Partnership was founded in 2008 and, since then, says Thomas, ‘we have become more cohesive as a team, provided care to thousands of patients and helped push boundaries with regards to treatments which we have made available. Working together in both the NHS and private sector means that we are truly a team and work incredibly well together.’ The group holds multidisciplinary team meetings, bringing together spinal and cranial specialists from a variety of disciplines ‘to ensure patients are offered treatment of the highest standard, delivered in the best way for the individual patient’.
Thomas grew up with a GP father, so he was around the medical profession from an early age. ‘From the age of eight I knew I wanted to help people,’ he says. In 1988, he qualified from the London Hospital. Following general surgical training, he completed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) in 1993. He trained in neurosurgery at the Atkinson Morley Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the National Hospital. He then completed a year’s spinal fellowship at Ohio State University and gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Surgical Neurology. In 1998, he was appointed a Consultant Neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, where he’s been working as a spinal and skull base specialist since.
‘A patient recently left this review at our clinic and I think that generally it is better to ask others to appraise you rather than explain yourself,’ he tells Spear’s. The review reads: ‘Dr Thomas treated both my parents for brain tumours, his client care was amazing. He was not only professional but caring to the whole family throughout our stressful period. He went above and beyond his role. I would recommend Dr Thomas to anyone, he is an exceptional surgeon and I thank him for everything that he has done for my family.’ 2019 has been a successful year with notable growth for the London Neurosurgery Partnership, whose consultants currently see over 5,500 outpatients, each year.