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Community pain service

The community pain service provides specialist assessment and management for adults experiencing ongoing musculoskeletal pain problems such as back pain, nerve pain, whiplash pain and fibromyalgia.

Pain is complex. The holistic assessment will consider all the relevant contributors to your experience, including the history of trauma or injury, how your mood has been affected, how your social and work life have been affected, as well as your general wellbeing including sleep, smoking, stress and alcohol.

Management strategies may include education, goal setting, physical exercise and activity, mood and stress management techniques. We often work closely with psychological wellbeing practitioners from Talking Therapy.

Face to face appointment information

Who will treat me?

Our team is dedicated to providing everyone with the best care we can. They are highly skilled and experienced staff who have an interest in ongoing, chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Every member of our team has to provide evidence of their registration, ongoing professional training and criminal record status before they can work with you.


What time should I arrive?

Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. Clinicians all aim to run their clinics on time although, on occasion, they may run late due to unforeseen events.

Please bring an appropriate face covering to the appointment.


what happens during my appointment?

During your appointment, the clinician will listen to the history of the problem. There may be some physical examination. Please consider this and wear appropriate loose clothing so that you are comfortable and able to move freely during the examination.

Can I bring someone with me?

Covid-19 information – please attend the appointment on your own if possible. If it is essential that you bring one person, then this will be permitted. Sometimes our staff may also request to have someone present for an appointment. Please contact us if an interpreter is required.

How long will my appointment take?

Each appointment is dependent on your needs so appointment times will vary. However, first appointments normally take between 45-60 minutes and follow-up appointments normally last up to 30 minutes. Alternatively, we can offer telephone follow-up appointments if appropriate.