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Neurosciences & Trauma

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The Hamilton General Hospital serves as the Regional Trauma Centre, the Regional Stroke Centre and Regional Neurosurgical Centre for Central South Ontario (including the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN and Waterloo-Wellington LHIN), serving adults in an area of 2.2 million residents.

We are regarded as being a leader in stroke care provincially and nationally. Hamilton General Hospital is one of five Neuroscience Centres in the province which has been designated for minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures.

The Regional Neurosciences and Trauma Program also provides administrative leadership and area-wide coordination of care in the following areas:

Central South Regional Stroke Program

The Regional Stroke Centre for the Central South Ontario Region is located at Hamilton General Hospital with the mandate to provide tertiary level stroke care within the Central South Ontario Region. It is one of 11 regional centres established across the province to implement the Ontario Stroke System.

The goal of the Ontario Stroke System is to improve access to evidence-based prevention and care in order to reduce stroke incidence, mortality and residual disability. The system seeks to re-organize stroke-care delivery across the continuum of care, promoting system-change, professional education and public awareness.

Visit the Central South Regional Stroke Network website for more information.

Contact Information

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext 46049

Fax: 905-577-1455

Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network (NEON)

Hamilton Health Sciences is a member of the Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network (NEON) which is led by Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO). NEON is comprised of Neurosurgical Nurse Educators (NNE), Clinical Outreach Specialists, Advanced Practice Nurses and Hospital Administrators.

The purpose of NEON is to support system-wide improvements in Neurosurgery Services through education and outreach in hospitals throughout Ontario. The NEON team at Hamilton Health Sciences provides neurosurgical nursing and education support to our community hospitals in the Waterloo Wellington and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Networks. The aim of NEON is to support patient management, develop repatriation strategies, provide education and improve quality of care within our neurosurgical center and referring non-neurosurgical centers.


Glasgow 2020 – Updated terminology
Glasgow 2020 -Neuro RASS Pocket Card
Spinal Cord Testing Cards

Guidelines for Basic Adult Neurological Observation
GCS video
Acute Spine Guidelines
Acute Neurosurgical Consultation Guidelines
Guidelines for Pediatric Neurological Observation
Care of Cervical Orthosis Devices and Collar Care
Intracranial Pressure (ICP)-Causes, Concerns and Management
Care of Patient Post-Craniectomy (No Bone Flap)
Care and Management of a Patient with a Halo Device
Post-op Complications following a Craniotomy
CCSO Neurosurgery Education Webinar Series

Related Links

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Spinal Cord Injury Canada  
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario 
Critical Care Services (CCSO)

Contact Information

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 44366
Fax: 905-577-1455

NEON Representatives at Hamilton General Hospital:

Neuro-Nurse Educator
Brenda Bousfield
905-521-2100 ext. 44366

Clinical Outreach Specialist
Klaudia Gogishvili
905-521-2100 ext. 46392

Nurse Practitioner
Sera Nicosia
905-521-2100 ext. 46773

Director, Neurosciences
Louise MacRae
905-521-2110 ext. 46830