Most pain is short term or ‘acute’ and a result of injury or illness. At UCLH our specialist acute pain teams can help your medical team optimise pain relief.
Pain which is more persistent (or otherwise known as ‘chronic pain’) is usually managed as an outpatient. The expertise for managing chronic pain is located at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in the pain management centre.
UCLH Pain Management Centre is a nationally recognized centre of excellence for people with longstanding pain. We have a multi professional service made up of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists. We provide help to minimise pain where possible and maximise quality of life.
We provide groundbreaking pain management programmes alongside the latest interventions including systemic drug treatment, intravenous drug infusions, peripheral and central nerve blocks, radio frequency lesioning and spinal implants. We also provide information and access to TENS machines and acupuncture. We use a multidisciplinary integrated approach to help people get back to activities they used to enjoy and to live as full lives as possible despite pain.
Our specialist areas of pain expertise include:
- Complex spinal pain
- Abdomino-pelvic pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
- Facial pain
- Pain associated with neurological conditions
- Pain following cancer
- Pain associated with sickle cell disease
We are proud to have been recognised as a specialised centre for pain management, one of only several in the UK.
We treat approximately 10,000 outpatients per year.
Current patients of the Pain Management Centre can contact our nurses for clinical advice.