Chronic Pain

We are sorry for the current disruption to our pain management services and appreciate that this will cause distress. Arrangements will be made for those on our waiting lists to be assessed as soon as we can do so, but there will be delays and, for now, we cannot say exactly how long these will be. If you have been referred by your GP please be reassured that you will be offered an appointment as soon as possible. The Management team at the chronic Pain Service is reviewing this on a regular basis.

Because of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19), the Chronic Pain Service has seen a large reduction in staff and this is expected to continue for some time. Our consultant anaesthetists have been moved to intensive care and other parts of the NHS, where support is needed urgently. Our physiotherapist and psychologist are supporting patients and staff across the Trust. Lucy Cowans, specialist clinical physiotherapist is continuing to run some clinics by telephone and video call. Dr Anna Garrett, specialist clinical health psychologist, is available for emergency support and signposting. We will be reviewing the situation frequently and following the guidance from our advisory bodies to ensure that services we offer are safe for you.

At the Chronic Pain Service we know that living with pain is difficult at the best of times, and that uncertainty and worry can make pain more difficult to manage for many. Whilst you are following physical distancing and self-isolation recommendations at home, you might find our self-care pack helpful for advice, suggestions and links to resources. If you were waiting to start one of our pain management programmes, you might be interested in joining the online groups found in the pain management resource section of the self-care pack. Please find the link on this page.

All enquiries should be made to iownt.chronicpain@nhs.net or 01983 534722. It is likely you will reach an answerphone. At the moment we are able to pick up messages once a day so emailing is likely to reach us more quickly. Please bear with us during these unusual times. We are thinking of you and hoping you are staying safe and well.

Please take a look at our new Chronic Pain Self-Care Pack which we hope you find useful.

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