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This page is about the team who specialise in patients who suffer from a lot of pain.
It has information about:
- Our services
- The staff involved
- How to contact us
Who we are
We specialise in the assessment, investigation and management of patients with acute and chronic pain. We work within multidisciplinary teams consisting of Consultants in Pain Medicine, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists and a Psychologist. We offer an interventional pain medicine service, including radio frequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. We also run a 4 day educational programme for patients with chronic pain.
We assess and assist in the management of patients with acute pain, including post-operative pain on both hospital sites. We also provide a service to the palliative care department, the specialist pancreatic team and the cardiology department.
The majority of patients with persistent pain will require advice and guidance on physical activity or exercise. We are happy to assist you with this and can provide detailed, individually tailored exercise programs to suit your needs.
You may be referred to us by any member of the pain multidisciplinary team at any time during your visits. Alternatively, we may see you prior and after an intervention (e.g. injections or blocks), should this be required. All the appointments that we provide are on a one to one basis. Additionally, we offer some low and high level activity classes. We can also signpost and refer you to your local community centers (e.g. lifestyles).
Living with a long-term health condition, such as chronic pain, can be very difficult for people to cope with. It can be hard to know what to do, and you may feel low in mood or worried about what is going to happen to you in the future.
The clinical psychology service within the pain clinic can allow you to talk through some of those worries or difficult feelings, and can help you to find ways of managing the pain so that you can live your life in the way that you would like to, in spite of the pain.
Clinical psychologists are trained in working with people in a variety of ways, and can help you to understand the impact that your chronic pain has on you, including on your mental health. You will be asked to fill in some questionnaires when you attend your first appointment, so please bring along your reading glasses if you need them. At your first appointment, you will decide with the clinical psychologist whether you would like to attend further sessions and if so, how many and for how long.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) clinic
We run an outpatient clinic specialized in the use of a TENS machine in the management of pain. You can only be referred to this specialized clinic by a health professional working in this pain medicine department.
During the outpatient TENS clinic appointment, a nurse specialist will show you how to use the TENS machine, where to place it and what settings to use. If appropriate, we can loan you a TENS machine for you to try at home. You will need to return this loaned machine back to us at your follow-up clinic appointment. TENS machines are available to buy from a number of stores and online.
Hypnotherapy and Relaxation clinic
We run an outpatient clinic specialized in the use of hypnotherapy and relaxation in the management of pain. You can only be referred to this specialized clinic by a health professional working in this pain medicine department.
Coping College is a group Pain Education Programme for people who would like more information on how to manage their pain. It has input from Consultants in Pain Medicine, clinical psychologists, and physiotherapists.
On the programme, we discuss a variety of things such as medication management, exercise, and thoughts and feelings about pain, as well as strategies to manage the things that people find most difficult about living with chronic pain.
National Alkaptonuria Centre
We deliver a specialised clinic for managing pain associated with Alkaptonuria, as part of the National Alkaptonuria Centre at Broadgreen Hospital. This service is led by Dr A Jones.
Specialist clinic for pain associated with pancreatic disorders
We deliver a specialised clinic for managing pain associated with pancreatic disorders, such as chronic pancreatitis. We work closely with the pancreatic surgical team in providing this service. The lead pain medicine consultant for this service is Dr M Goulden.
We offer an outpatient clinic specialising in the use of acupuncture in the management of chronic pain. You can only be referred to this specialised clinic by a health professional working in this pain medicine department.
Facial Pain clinic
We work with our colleagues in the Ear, Nose and Throat department to run an outpatient clinic focusing on the management of facial pain.
We work with the Palliative Care team to manage pain associated with cancer, in both the inpatient and hospice setting. We provide an outpatient clinic service at the Marie Curie Hospice.
Liverpool Angina Management Programme
We work with cardiologists to assess and manage patients who suffer from chronic angina or chest pain. We provide various therapies to assist patients, such as specialist injection/block techniques, a dedicated opioid management clinic and a 4 week program of educational classes.
As well as the core Pain Medicine clinics, run by doctors, nurses and other members of the team, there are specialised services that we offer. These include:
Being referred to us
Patients can be referred to our service by the their General Practitioner or their Hospital Consultant. We also accept referrals from the physiotherapy department.
What happens when you see us
If your doctor (e.g. GP) has referred you to our service, you will receive a letter telling you the date and time of your outpatient clinic appointment. Please bring an up-to-date list of your medication. Your appointment letter may ask you to bring a urine sample to the clinic; this will NOT be necessary for the pain medicine clinics.
You may have been referred to our service for consideration of an injection to help with your pain management (e.g. nerve block or epidural). You will still need to attend an initial outpatient clinic appointment to be assessed by a pain medicine specialist. If you do require an injection, you will be given a separate appointment date for this at a later date.These injections are performed in a dedicated theatre suite, next to the outpatient clinics. The injection lists run from 0830 – 1230 for a morning appointment and 1300 – 1700 for an afternoon appointment. The exact time of your procedure may vary so please bring reading material to occupy your time.
It is important for you to tell us if you have started any new medications, if you have any new medical conditions and if you are taking any blood thinning medication (e.g. warfarin, clopidogrel, prasugrel, ticagrelor, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, fondaparinux).
You cannot drive home yourself from hospital after having an injection, so please arrange for somebody to collect you.
What happens next
We will review you in the outpatient clinic for follow up appointments and after any injections to review your progress.
Consultants in Pain Medicine:
- Dr H Tsang
- Dr H Romer
- Dr T Sajjad
- Dr A Jones
- Dr J Ledson
- Dr M Goulden
- Dr R Malhotra
Clinical Nurse Specialists:
- Sister J Beattie
- Sister F Ion
- Sister R Wheelhouse
- C Bather
- N Burgess
- Dr S Blackshaw
- K Dineley
- L Furey
Pain Medicine department
Thomas Drive, Liverpool
Telephone the Pain Secretaries on 0151 706 3190 or 0151 706 3382
Where we are
Both the outpatient clinics and injection/block lists take place in the Alexander Wing at Broadgreen Hospital. We are located near the Breast and ENT outpatient clinics.