I was referred to Mr Barrie White as an NHS patient by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr David Bromage at Kettering General Hospital, because of worsening back and leg pains caused by degeneration of my lumber spine, and complicated by the presence of an intraspinal benign tumour (lipoma) pressing on my spinal cord , which Mr Bromage said he wasn't able to operate on himself. Mr White spent almost an hour with me and my wife. He examined me, looked at the scan in great detail from several different angles and explained exactly what the situation was, and also what problems there could be if and when he operated on me. More importantly he told both of us what complications and possible outcomes there. might be. I have no doubt whatsoever that I am now in the best possible hands. Eric C
My husband had a cervical spinal operation to remove 12 tumours from his c1/c2/c3 and C4. My husband has been under Mr Barrie White for many years. It was time for my husband to have his operation as he was loosing some body functions. Under his care the operation took nine hours and it was a life threatening operation, which he could of been paralysed from the neck down or died. Mr White told us at the time he has only done 10 of these operations like mine because my condition is rare. From the start to the finish Mr White and his team were excellent and caring beyond duty. Anytime my husband needs to see Mr White he is happy to do this. From the start to the finish he kept me and my children informed. I would trust him with mine and my children's life. Mrs Gail & Mr Michael Blair
2013 I was diagnosed with a benign tumour on my spine, at the time I wasn't in too much pain, roll on 4 years I was falling over legs & side burning in pain all of the time. Mr White did another MRI and phoned with the results saying the tumor had grown and was pressing on my spinal cord, the following week I went to pre op & was told the date & risks of my operation. If I didn't have the operation I would be paralysed from the chest down I had the operation on a Wednesday & can walk! I cannot thank Mr white enough, he is a amazing surgeon. I would like to say thank you to Laurie for your support you really helped me, Lizzie in recovery & all the staff in pre op & D10. Hopefully I will be going home on Monday to recovery at home.
I have been under the care of this totally charming, caring, and fantastic neurosurgeon for 12 years now. I was diagnosed with a cervical syrinx secondary to adhesive arachnoiditis which caused me extreme pain and other weird symptoms which were disregarded by my GP. When I saw Mr White on that first consultation all those years ago both my husband and myself knew that I was in safe hands. As syrinx surgery is one of his many specialties. He has operated on my spine four times now with the hope of stopping paralysis of my arms, and to date he has achieved that goal. My last surgery in March was to decompress the syrinx and put in a shunt to drain away excess spinal fluid causing pressure on my spinal cord, and extreme pain. I was in hospital having bowel surgery at the time and because I was experiencing so much pain from my syrinx, I emailed him asking if he could do anything to relieve the pain. I had a reply virtually an hour later with a promise of a visit from him and Laurie that afternoon. We chatted and in his usual calm and reassuring way told me it was probably time to insert a shunt which we had avoided doing for as long as possible. My husband and I were stunned when we asked him when he might be able to operate he said the next morning at 8 am. I was moved to his ward and looked after by him and his team, he visited me every morning and if I had any concerns he always addressed them there and then. His after care is second to none as well, every operation he preformed on me he always telephoned my husband afterwards to tell him how things had gone. I can phone his secretary any time to ask to see him and I will get an appointment straight away. There are very few doctors who you meet in life like Mr White I can name but three who care passionately about their work and patients he is a wonderful neurosurgeon and person. And it seems that I am not the only patient in his fan club, you only have to read all the amazing testimonials from other patients to get the measure of the man. Long may we have him in Nottingham to look after future generations of patients as I for one would follow him to any other hospital he might attempt to move to, there would be a riot of patients outside the doors of the QMC stopping him leaving!! And the moral of this long winded testimonial is that I would without hesitation strongly recommend Mr White to any of my family or friends.
mr White and his team made me feel relaxed and like a person rather than just another job. They were very professional and I felt they actually cared. My operation was a great success and for the first time in years I am out of pain and feel really well. I can never thank Mr White and his team enough.