Private Appointments:

Appointments should be made to via your General Practitioner or via an allied health professional, such as a physiotherapist, who has referred you with the consent of your General Practitioner.
An appointment can be made for you to see Mr McKenna in the clinic without having a letter of referral, however, a GP referral letter must reach the clinic by the time of the appointment.

If you are referred to see Mr McKenna as a new patient, you may be offered an appointment with
Ms O'Connor who is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist who works alongside Mr McKenna. Ms O'Connor will see you, take a history and examination and present the findings to Mr McKenna. Mr Mckenna will then see you, re-assess you as necessary, and discuss the management plan. We feel it is beneficial to the patient to be assessed by both a Specialist Physiotherapist and Consultant Surgeon; it provides not only a second opinion at the time of assessment, but a valuable multidisciplinary approach to spinal problems and can ensure conservative management has been adequate and appropriate before undertaking more interventional management.

Out-patient clinic times (Circle Hospital, Reading):

Circle Hospital:
Tuesday 7.30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

London Spine Clinic:
Wednesday 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm


Monday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Thursday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Injection session at Forbury Clinic:Wednesday 8.00 am - 10.00 am

Friday 8.00 pm - 10.00 am

It may be possible to be seen outside the clinic times in the case of urgent referrals. Steroid injections for pain relief in the case of  severe sciatica can be arranged urgently if required.

Choose and Book patients:

It is possible to be referred to Mr McKenna's clinic as an NHS Choose and Book patient. If your GP suggests referral to a spinal surgeon as an NHS patient, it is possible for them to arrange for you to be seen at Circle Hospital. As a Choose and Book patient, you will be seen by MS O'Connor who will be acting under the instruction and direct supervision of Mr McKenna. If Ms O'Connor and Mr McKenna do not think that it is necessary for Mr McKenna to see you personally on the first visitation, he will see you subsequently, either before intervention or after investigation.
If treatment is required, then it may be carried out by Mr McKenna or by one of his colleagues, Mr Rajagopal or Mr Marshall. This is to expedite treatment if it is felt appropriate.