National Spinal Injuries Centre
The National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) is ased at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. We treat patients with short and long-term spinal cord injuries. We have an internationally-renowned reputation for our pioneering work, and treat adults and children from across the world.
We were the first NHS unit in the UK to receive international accreditation for our specialist care in spinal cord injuries.
The Centre is also the birthplace of the Paralympics. Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who founded the National Spinal Injuries Centre in 1944 used sport inpatient rehabilitation programmes. He later founded a competition for paralysed men and women to coincide with the opening ceremony of the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
Find our more about the care we provide for patients with spinal injuries on our NSIC services page.
Visiting the National Spinal Injuries Centre
Visiting is under constant review. Please see our page on visiting for the latest information.
How to find us
There are 5 hospital car parks marked A, B, C, D and E.
Car parking charges for the National Spinal Injuries Centre:
- up to 30 minutes: free
- 30 minutes to 2 hours: £3.50
- 2 to 3 hours: £5
- 3 to 4 hours: £6.50
- 4 to 24 hours: £9
You can pay by cash, card or using your phone if you have a payment facility set up.
Parking is free for blue badge holders. Use the disabled spaces only and display your badge clearly on your dashboard.
In ANPR parking areas, you must enter your vehicle registration number into the on-site system. Please see signs at each hospital site for further information.
They cost £20 for 7 consecutive days. Ask the ward or department you’re visiting for a form.
It’s a fixed free of charge pass for 1 family vehicle to come and go as often as needed. A member of staff will need to sign off the pass and review it every 48 hours.
We’ll verify your visit and add it to our vehicle management system.
National Spinal Injuries Centre facilities
Horatio’s Garden is for patients, their families and the team at the National Spinal Injuries Centre. It provides a tranquil place for patients to manage their injuries and use art therapy and horticulture for gentle rehabilitation.
Our head gardener looks after the garden along with support from a team of volunteers. The garden is funded entirely by donations.
There’s a fully accessible greenhouse for patients and a separate garden room where a variety of activities take place throughout the week.
Find out more about Horatio’s Garden
We have a pharmacy for both inpatients and outpatients.
Stoke Mandeville inpatient pharmacy (lower ground floor)
Call 01296 315285
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
9am to 1pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays
Stoke Mandeville outpatient pharmacy (Mandeville Wing)
Find out more about our outpatient pharmacy, including opening times and how to contact us
Please go to the inpatient pharmacy for urgent outpatient prescriptions when we’re closed (Sundays and Bank Holidays).
They’re for patients, visitors and staff.
Serves hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks. It’s in the main entrance foyer to the hospital.
7.30am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
8.30am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday
It’s on the ground floor of the National Spinal Injuries Centre and sells snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.
9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
In the Accident and Emergency (A&E) foyer.
9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
11am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday
The Garden Room at Horatio’s Garden (NSIC patients and their visitors only)
Open for hot and cold drinks and cake.
8am to 9pm, 7 days a week
It’s outside the Oasis cafe.
It’s in front of the main entrance, near the Conviva restaurant.
It’s free and available across all of our hospitals. It’s an open network so you don’t need a password to log in. Search for BHT_Public SSID on your device