The pain management service is an integral aspect of our NHS Foundation Trust commitment to delivering better service and high quality patient care. We carry out timely and effective pain relief that is not only an ethical obligation to our patients, but also a fundamental human right.
All our inpatients regardless of diagnosis have their pain assessed on admission and on-going throughout their hospital stay. The pain service maintains the Foundation Trust standards of caring, safe, responsible and valuing each other in all aspects of pain management.
Conditions We Treat
Patients on epidural infusion analgesia and patient control analgesia (PCA) for their postoperative pain are reviewed at least once daily between by the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and a consultant.
Patients with persistent and unrelieved pain associated with surgery or trauma.
Patients with complex pain problems with neuropathic component.
Patients with acute or chronic condition such as sickle cell in crises, pancreatitis, and ischaemic leg pain or low back pain.
Patients undergoing medical procedure such as uterine artery embolization in radiology department are provided pre-emptive analgesia.
The team provide general pain management advice including analgesics medication and are available for trouble shooting for pain problems.
Patients are provided information booklet to help them and their healthcare team work together to manage their pain effectively.
For all acute or chronic inpatient pain management referrals contact us via the anaesthetic department on ext. 2272/2274.
Referrals should be made by the medical team when standard pain relief is ineffective or the management or when pain medication side effects become a problem.