Pain Management Centre at NHNN 

The Pain Management Centre is a multi-professional group delivering services to people with longstanding pain. Our 32 staff consists of administrators, clinical researchers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists; four clinical teams provide individual consultations. In addition to clinical advice and systemic drug treatment, we also provide a full range of other interventions including TENS, acupuncture, intravenous drug challenges, peripheral and central nerve blocks, radio frequency lesioning and spinal implants. Other specialist areas of expertise are the management of complex neurology and facial pain and complex spinal and urogenital pain.

We also run a pain management programme called COPE (Changing the Outcomes of Pain Experiences) which is led by our psychologists with our pain management physiotherapists. It is an outpatient, cognitive behavioural-based group series of sessions. Similar pain management programmes specialise in low back pain and pain of urogenital origin. 

We endeavour to provide a holistic service of high quality for our patients within a biopsychosocial model of pain. The clinicians within the Department conduct weekly multi-professional meetings with radiologists, rheumatologists and spinal experts (medical, nursing and physiotherapy) to discuss cases of interest, mutual patients, and inpatients with challenging conditions. We also have links with the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, as many of the patients seen there have similar conditions.
 
Conditions treated

We care for patients with:

  • Back pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Facial pain (from various aetiologies)
  • Neuropathic pain (from various aetiologies)
  • Pain associated with torture and pain related to complex psychosocial issues
  • Pain in drug users
  • Radicular leg pain and sciatica
  • Urogenital pain. 

Service statistics

We treat approximately 10,000 outpatients per year.

Patient support services

Current patients of the Pain Management Centre can contact our nurses for clinical advice.

Patient aftercare

Current patients of the Pain Management Centre can contact our nurses for clinical advice.

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 Contact details

Pain Management Centre at NHNN
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
1st Floor Queen Mary Wing
Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 4776

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 4776
Fax: 020 7419 1714
Email: nhnnappointments@uclh.nhs.uk

Service manager - Dr Andrew Baranowski
Email: painmanagement@uclh.nhs.uk

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 Patient testimonials

"No one can cure your pain, but you can live with it with the right tools."

"The Pain Management Centre is not likely to cure all ills but I hope, like me, pain will no longer be the dominating feature of your life."

"After feeling at a complete loss, the pain clinic has been a lifeline.  It has given me plenty of ideas how to manage my pain and I feel more in control of the situation."

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