The Neurosurgery Service is a South Island regional service with two sites: Dunedin and Christchurch. The Neurosurgery Service provides specialist inpatient and outpatient services to patients who have surgical conditions of the central nervous system. The Neurosurgical Team provides specialist care to patients with trauma to the brain and spinal cord, haemorrhage and tumours of the brain and spinal cord. Elective surgery includes spinal surgery where there is nerve involvement.
An acute service for emergencies is provided 24 hours a day and non-urgent services are accepted from general practitioners according to access criteria which assist to prioritise urgency of the referral.

Outreach clinics are conducted at Southland Hospital, Dunstan and Ōamaru hospitals.


Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

  • Mr Ahmad Taha

    Neurosurgeon - Clinical Lead

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill


Mon – Fri7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Otago Anniversary (21 Mar), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 26 Dec. Open 27 Dec — 31 Dec. Closed 1 Jan — 2 Jan. Open 3 Jan — 7 Jan.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Cerebral Aneurysm

    A cerebral (cranial) aneurysm is a weakened section in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain that bulges or balloons out.… More

  • Brain Tumour

    Brain tumours may be primary (they arise in the brain or nearby tissue) or metastatic (they have originated in another part of the body and travelled to the brain).… More

  • Subdural Haematoma

    A subdural haematoma is a collection of blood that forms beneath the outer protective covering of the brain, the dura mater.… More

  • Spinal Tumour

    Tumours may be found within the spinal cord itself, between the spinal cord and its tough outer covering, the dura, or outside the dura.… More

  • Herniated Discs

    Between the vertebrae in your spine are flat, round discs that act as shock absorbers for the spinal bones.… More

Contact Details

Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin - South Otago

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (03) 474 0999

201 Great King St

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Street Address

201 Great King St

Postal Address

Private Bag 1921
Dunedin 9054

This page was last updated at 2:19PM on August 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Neurosurgery Service.