What to expect from your first appointment

When we receive a referral from your GP, we’ll arrange an appointment with a pain management clinician.

On arrival, use our self-check-in machine – one of our receptionists will be happy to help you if you need assistance. You’ll be asked for a full pain history and the clinician will let you know the next steps in your pain management pathway. It is really important that you bring your current list of medications.

You may be offered a range of multi-disciplinary treatment options. Those listed above may be used individually or as part of a programme in which you’ll learn skills to manage your pain.

Depending on the findings of your first appointment, you may be sent for an MRI or X-ray. These will be requested by the clinician and booked by the Radiology team, who will contact you directly. The results will be reviewed by the clinician who will make a more accurate treatment plan. You may also be added to one or several waiting lists for our group Pain Management seminars, a Psychology triage, Physiotherapy or a day case procedure. We’ll let you know when you reach the top of the list.

After your appointment, your GP will be sent an electronic letter and you’ll receive a copy in the post for information within two weeks.