Outpatient’s clinics and theatre sessions are provided on all the four hospital sites. The outpatient’s clinics are undertaken by consultants, nursing and physiotherapy staff and offer a variety of treatments for chronic pain. The theatre sessions are undertaken by the pain consultants and involve a variety of interventional procedures, many patients will continue this treatment at regular intervals throughout the year to enable them to manage their pain.
The service is consultant led and provides a consultant review and assessment of pain and how it affects the person’s quality of life. Treatments may then be offered that may include medication, low level laser therapy and injections for pain, as deemed appropriate by the pain doctor.
The Pain Service has their own Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist working alongside the Pain Consultants providing further specialist care and treatment for patients.
It is important to the service that we look at all aspects of how chronic pain affects the patient, their carers and family. The service offers compassionate but structured support, working alongside others such as the patients GP and other agencies involved in the patients care. The ultimate goal is the improvement of quality of life for the individual.
An initial telephone appointment will be made where a pain consultant will assess and advise the the patient on reatment or future pain management.
GPs can refer into a specialist service for people who they feel need further help in managing their chronic pain.