Our mission is to reduce pain, to restore physical function and to decrease the psychological impact of pain.
Our service sees both inpatients and outpatients.
The role of the outpatient pain service is to provide support for patients with chronic pains; chronic pains are pains that have existed for more than 3 months.
We use interventional and medical therapies as well as physical and psychological therapies to restore function and quality of life to our patients.
Examples of the services we provide are as follows:
- Outpatient clinics
- Medication treatment
- Interventional treatment
- Specialist physiotherapy
- Psychological treatment
- Pain management programmes
The role of the inpatient pain service is to optimize pain relief among the inpatients of the hospital.
The primary mechanism for this is through support of the ward staff who will usually be a patient’s first port of call when in pain.
Sometimes it will be necessary for the members of the specialist nursing team to visit individual patients and if necessary to call upon the doctors to support them.
Often plans for pain relief will have been made before surgery in conjunction with the anaesthetist as part of their perioperative plans.