Our chronic pain teams offer a range of treatments and interventions to help people with chronic pain to self-manage their symptoms.
we have two teams offering pain management for patients, one based in hospital and one out in the community.
Community chronic pain service
Traditionally people with chronic pain were seen once every three months and given anaesthetics via injection. This service aims to help people self-manage their pain and reduce their reliance on medication. Our team consists of an anaesthetist, physiotherapist, psychologist and an occupational therapist. Patients are given a pain management plan which addresses their physical, psychological and social needs.
The service offers a wide range of treatments and interventions which are tailored to each individual’s needs including support on returning to work, access to equipment, psychological therapy, strength-improving exercises, pacing and relaxation.
People who have suffered from chronic pain for three months or more can be referred to the service by their GP, as long as they meet the access criteria.
Community chronic pain team
Queensway Industrial Estate
On arrival at the clinic, you will be asked to take a seat in the waiting area and the clinic nurse will ask you to complete a questionnaire that will determine the level of pain you are experiencing.
You may require an x-ray or a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. X-Rays may be done on the day of your appointment. The MRI scan will not be carried out during this consultation; a later date will be given.
You may be offered an injection into a painful area; this will be carried out during your consultation. You may also be offered injections under x-ray control; all treatment options will be explained so you can make an informed choice.