Providing timely access to high quality and patient-centred Neurosurgery care

CCSO collaborates with system partners, including the 13 designated Neurosurgery Centres (11 adult and 2 paediatric centres), to guide planning and performance management of Ontario’s neurosurgery system to ensure timely access to appropriate, high quality and patient centred care for patients requiring neurosurgery and spine care.

Designated Neurosurgery Centres

Hospital CorporationOntario Health Region
Windsor Regional HospitalWest
London Health Sciences CentreWest
Hamilton Health SciencesWest
Trillium Health PartnersCentral
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreToronto 
Unity Health TorontoToronto 
University Health NetworkToronto 
The Hospital for Sick Children (designated Paediatric Neurosurgery Centre)Toronto 
Kingston Health Sciences CentreEast  
The Ottawa HospitalEast 
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (designated Paediatric Neurosurgery Centre)East 
Health Sciences NorthNorth 
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences CentreNorth 

Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network (NEON)

 The Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network (NEON) is comprised of Neurosurgery Nurse Educators, Advanced Practice Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and director-level hospital administrators from each of the designated neurosurgery centres in Ontario. The NEON members work closely with community hospitals to improve patient access and flow for neurosurgery patients to ensure patients are able to continue their care journey closer to home.


As a sub-group of CCSO’s Neurosurgery governance structure the Epilepsy Implementation Task Force (2013-2017) was formed to develop and implement a provincial approach for integrated epilepsy care in Ontario. The Task Force developed a series of guidelines (six) to support the diagnosis, treatment and referral process for epilepsy patients in Ontario. The Guidelines are intended to support primary care providers, community neurologists, and District and Regional Epilepsy Centres in their care of epilepsy patients and increase the awareness of, and referrals to, appropriate epilepsy diagnostic assessment and surgical care in Ontario. 

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