Pain

The Pain Service at Royal Cornwall Hospitals helps patients manage pain. We work with patients who have ongoing, chronic or acute pain. You will have been referred to us by your GP, other Consultant or Specialist Physiotherapist.

Our team is led by six consultants who share a specialist interest in pain problems, together with pain nurses, and a pain management team of physiotherapist, occupational therapist and psychologists. We have a GP trainee on a 6 monthly rotational programme that holds individual clinics. We also work closely with the Palliative Care team to support terminally ill patients both in the hospice and the community.

Although the Pain Service works as an integrated unit, different elements of our service are located in different areas. The majority of our services take place at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, but we also see and treat patients at Penrice, St Michael’s and West Cornwall Hospitals.

The Pain Team also teaches across the Royal Cornwall Hospital site and in other hospitals in Cornwall, they also offer support to wider clinical audits and improving standards of pain care.

Your referral to the Pain Service will be vetted by one of the Pain Consultants and from there you will be added to the appropriate clinic or clinician. Wait times for a first or ‘New’ appointment is approximately 11-13 weeks. Your clinic appointment will be posted to you with instructions as appropriate. If you are unable to attend the given appointment, please contact the booking team. Their number will be written at the top of the letter (01872 255037).

FAILURE TO ATTEND THIS FISRT APPOINTMENT WITHOUT CANCELLATION WILL RESULT IN DISCHARGE FROM THE SERVICE AND NECESSITATE RE REFERRAL FROM YOUR GP.

All patients failing to attend will be reviewed by a clinician before being discharged.