Hours: From 7.30-9am to 8.30pm. "In the last few weeks I've hardly got away at all."
Training: 10 years.
Experience in neurosurgery: Six years.
NHS salary: About £40,000.
Private work: One morning a week.
The job: The hospital has its own emergency helicopter service bringing in more than 500 multiply injured patients a year; many have been involved in road accidents, falls from building sites and assaults.
"The patients I operate on have blood clots in the head, fractures of the spine and skull and occasionally foreign bodies such as bullets to remove.
"We also operate on children: typical cases are brain tumours and very young babies with hydrocephalus. And we run a neurostimulation clinic, using an electrical device, for conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain."
Pros: "I love operating, I could quite easily spend 24 hours a day in theatre. And I like the drama, the challenge: with head injuries, like the boxer, you have to move very quickly."
Cons: "It takes over your life entirely. There's no escape: even out of the country you can't relax. And the stakes are pretty high - you can't win them all.
"About nine months ago I operated on Bradley Stone but he died. The trouble was he went home after the fight and came in when it was too late."Reuse content