The Pain Medicine Service treats adults within the Trust’s geographical area who are suffering from chronic, persistent pain.
The aim of the service is to try and help patients lead a fuller and more active life living with their symptoms. The service is run by three Consultant Anaesthetists with a special interest and training in chronic pain.
Conditions treated by the Pain Medicine Service include various long term symptoms such as back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and headaches. The pain specialists also treat patients with persistent pain following surgery, such as hernia operations, hysterectomies and caesarean sections; other examples of conditions treated are post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Approximately 700 new patients are seen every year in outpatient clinics held at East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital.