Pain management

At Chelsea Pain Centre, we are a team of professionals specialising in helping patients manage their pain. The department strives to deliver a comprehensive and appropriate pain management service utilising therapeutic options that best meet the needs of our patients.

What we do

At Chelsea Pain Centre, we are a team of professionals specialising in helping patients manage their pain. The department strives to deliver a comprehensive and effective pain management service utilising evidence-based therapeutic interventions that best meet the needs of our patients.

Services we offer include:

  • Inpatient Pain Management: Helping patients admitted to hospital for surgery to effectively manage their pain, this consultant-led service evaluates and manages post-surgical and other acute inpatient needs—read more about inpatient pain management
  • Outpatient Pain Management: Helping patients with a variety of long-term pain conditions, we take a multi-professional approach and utilise a wide range of interventions and specialist services (see below)

The interventions and specialist services we offer include:

  • Spinal interventions including epidurals, nerve root blocks, diagnostic and radiofrequency facet injections
  • Medications review
  • Lower Back Pain Triage Service—based on a multidisciplinary team network for patients with lower back pain
  • Opioid management clinic
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord to help with certain persistent pain conditions)
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
  • Pain Management Programmes (PMPs)—therapy-led services to help people learn skills to better manage their pain and reduce its impact on their everyday life
  • Pain Specialist Physiotherapy—to help patients better understand their pain and to improve function and quality of life, utilising a variety of educational and physical strategies
  • Pain Specialist Psychology—to help patients better understand the role of thoughts, feelings and behaviours in response to pain, we utilise a variety of strategies to help patients make life around the pain bigger
  • Specialist services for Survivors of Torture
  • Specialist Fibromyalgia Clinic
  • Specialist Neuropathic Pain Clinic
  • Tertiary Paediatric and transitional pain service (children and adolescents with consultant referral only)
  • Community pain support clinics—providing pain clinics for community musculoskeletal services

Our team

Our Clinical Lead for Chronic Pain is Dr Ian D Goodall, who works alongside our other consultants, specialist doctor, clinical specialist nurses, an advanced pain trainee (specialist registrar) and specialist pain physiotherapists and psychologists.

Location

Outpatients Department (Gate 3), Lower Ground Floor, Lift Bank C, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Contact

T: 020 3315 8000 (switchboard)

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