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National Spinal Injuries Centre

The National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) is based 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. 

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

Mandeville Road
HP21 8AL


National Spinal Injuries Centre
National Spinal Injuries Centre

01296 315872 

Facilities in the NSIC


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

The Garden Room at Horatio’s Garden is open exclusively for the use of NSIC patients and their visitors.

Drinks and cake are available and a variety of activities take place in this space throughout the week.

Opening times

8am to 9pm, 7 days a week 

Find out more about Horatio’s Garden


The Oasis cafe is on the ground floor of the National Spinal Injuries Centre and sells snacks as well as hot and cold drinks. It is open for patients, visitors and staff. 

Opening times

9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday


Outside the Oasis cafe. 


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