We provide an outpatient / chronic pain service to people in the community with on-going chronic pain conditions and an inpatient / acute pain service to patients admitted to any of our three hospitals.
The chronic pain service provides bio-psychosocial assessment and a comprehensive range of supportive treatments for patients living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 months. It is often described as pain that does not go away as expected after an illness or injury. It is also called persistent pain or long-term pain.
Chronic pain is complicated and not usually curable. When people have long-term health conditions such as persistent pain, they often feel frustrated and find it difficult to chieve goals in their lives. With time and effort, this condition may become more manageable.
The aim of the multi-disciplinary pain clinic team (which includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists) is to help our patients find a way to manage everyday living. In time, patients should feel more confident to self-manage their pain and have improved function and quality of life.
The pain nurses and doctors provide specialist clinical support and education for patients during their hospital stay and for the staff who care for them.
Inpatient / acute pain patient information:
- Managing Pain after Surgery: Layout 1 (britishpainsociety.org)
- RCOA patient information leaflets: Patient information leaflets and video resources | The Royal College of Anaesthetists (rcoa.ac.uk)
- Information for patients | Faculty of Pain Medicine (fpm.ac.uk)
- Patient information leaflets | Faculty of Pain Medicine (fpm.ac.uk)
- Opioids and Driving | Faculty of Pain Medicine (fpm.ac.uk)
Chronic pain patient information
Procedures and medication: Patient information leaflets | Faculty of Pain Medicine (fpm.ac.uk)
Live well with pain - Live Well with Pain
- Self-Management Skills: Self management skills - Live Well with Pain
- Ten Footsteps programme: Ten Footsteps programme - Live Well with Pain
Flippin’ Pain - Flippin' Pain (flippinpain.co.uk)
Pain Concern - Pain ConcernPain Concern | Bringing the pain community together
Pain ToolKit - Pain Self Management by Pete Moore | The Pain Toolkit