Robert Weeks

Consultant Neurologist, King’s College Hospital & The Harley Street Clinic

My general medical training was followed by neurology posts in many of the major neuroscience centres in London including the Hammersmith Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology, the Royal Free Hospital and King’s College Hospital. I have also done imaging research at the Hammersmith Hospital and in the National Institutes of Health in the United States looking at brain plasticity. I have been awarded a PhD in Clinical Neurosciences by Imperial College. I have published extensively in a number of important areas in neurology and clinical neurosciences. The work has been very successful producing papers in Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Annals of Neurology and others. I became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1992 and a Fellow of the Royal College in 2005.

In June 2001 I was appointed as a substantive NHS consultant, fully located at the Regional Neuroscience Centre at King’s. I was appointed the Lead Clinician for Neurology for King’s in Sept 2001. I set up the out-of-hours stroke service at King’s and led the amalgamation of consultants in neurology and geriatric medicine to create a much larger stroke department at King’s. This acted as a foundation for the successful application of King’s to become a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit in 2010.

In 2012 I was appointed the Lead Clinician for Stroke at King’s. I was instrumental in the move of stroke from the division of acute medicine to neuroscience aligned to the Regional Neuroscience service at King’s. I took over the role as the strategic lead of the stroke services at Denmark Hill and Princess Royal following King’s acquisition of the PRU in October 2013. Since then we have seen the stroke services at both sites perform consistently, extremely well on the National stroke audits with PRU transforming from a failing stroke unit to one competing at the highest level.

I am currently active in a number of clinical stroke studies but most important is a NIHR application as joint co-applicant for a 1.5million pound grant looking at the outcomes and management of stroke mimics admitted to the hyperacute stroke services at King’s.

I am now in the process of linking the two HASU’s at DH and PRU into a large clinical stroke department creating opportunities for research, differentiation of consultant workload and sharing on-call commitments.

I am also the Lead of the South-East London Operational Stroke Network.