Dr Heald's undergraduate education was at Newcastle Medical School. He was a junior doctor on an excellent medical course at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. He moved to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge to gain experience in Neurosurgery and acute head injury where he stayed for a further 2 years as a registrar in Neurology. Following a year of general medicine at Newcastle General Hospital, he undertook 3 years of research into acute stroke at Newcastle University. He completed his postgraduate training as a senior registrar in Newcastle hospitals.
Dr Heald is currently an NHS Consultant in Clinical Neurology at York Hospital where he is Lead Clinician for Neurosciences. He provide out-patient clinics in General Neurology and a specialist service for patients with MS. He also provides in-patient services for patients admitted to York hospital with acute and chronic neurological conditions. He will commence a new general Neurology outreach clinic in Scarborough Hospital in Autumn 2012.
Dr Heald specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of headache. He is the Lead Clinician for the award-winning York Headache and Migraine clinic.
Dr Heald has over 20 years of experience investigating and treating patients with common and rare neurological conditions. His clinical approach is evidence-based, with the patient at the centre of all decision-making. He believes in a strong holistic approach to helping patients especially those with complex headaches where a combination of medical and physical therapies need to harmonise with changes to lifestyle. Due to his interest in headache and medico-legal experience evaluating head injury, he has extensive knowledge in the neurological problems following injury to the head and brain.
- The diagnosis and treatment of complex headaches
- Medicolegal aspects of injury to the central and peripheral nervous systems
- New medical treatments for patients with neurological conditions and evidence-based practice
- Evaluation of jockeys who sustain head injury for the British Horse Racing Association
Family, children and pets dogs occupy most of Dr Heald's spare time. Hill-walking, mountain biking, skiing, reading, theatre and music are interests that he tries to maintain outside of professional commitments.
Dr Heald has published scientific papers in international medical journals such Brain on the subject of cognitive problems in patients with Parkinson’s disease. He completed three years of research and published papers on clinical, motor and functional recovery after acute stroke using motor evoked potential. This was the basis of his MD thesis.
- Royal College of Physicians
- Association of British Neurologists
- British Association for the Study of Headache
- International Headache Society
- British Medical Association
Other post held
- Consultant Neurologist, York Hospitals Trust
- Honorary Clinical Tutor, Hull -York Medical School
Dr Andrew Heald does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.
Dr Andrew Heald does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.
Dr Andrew Heald does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.