Pain Management Centre at NHNN 

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. 
 
Conditions treated

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
  • Headache

We are proud to have been recognised as a specialised centre for pain management, one of only several in the UK.

 

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.

Dr Andrew Paul Baranowski Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Interventional Oncology Service
Dr Natasha Curran Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Anaesthetics , Theatres and anaesthetics
Dr Jamie Smart Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Anaesthetics
Prof Joanna Zakrzewska Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Facial pain
Dr Brigitta Brandner Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Anaesthetics , Interventional Oncology Service
Dr Ashish Shetty Pain Management Centre at NHNN
Dr Roman Cregg Pain Management Centre at NHNN, Theatres and anaesthetics

 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 3448 3511
Email: nhnnappointments@uclh.nhs.uk

Service manager - Kad Suntharalingham
Email: kad.suntharalingham@uclh.nhs.uk

 Patient leaflets

 NHNN interactive hospital service guide

 Patient testimonials

"Pain is a challenge, 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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