Pain Management

The pain management department provides a comprehensive service, which encompasses a variety of pain treatments across the county. This service provides treatment for acute (short term) and chronic pain (long term) pain.

Lincoln County Hospital

The team consists of three chronic pain consultants, one acute pain consultant, two associate specialists, one clinical nurse specialist, two sisters, one specialist physiotherapist, two healthcare support workers, two secretaries, one waiting list clerk and a receptionist.

The chronic pain service is consultant led, supported by advanced nurse led clinics, nurse run acupuncture clinics and physiotherapy. The clinical nurse specialist has a monthly nurse led clinic at Grantham and District Hospital.

Referrals are received into the department mainly from local GPs and LIMSS (Lincolnshire Intermediate MusculoSkeletal Service), with some referral from secondary care consultants.

A range of treatment options include medicine management, spinal injections, lidocaine infusions, physiotherapy, acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENs), method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.

The acute pain service takes referrals for inpatients in Lincoln County Hospital. It is nurse led with support from the acute pain consultant. The service involves treatment plans for patients with difficult to manage acute and chronic pain. Also training for other healthcare professionals on different methods of pain management.

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

The team consists of three consultants, two associate specialists, one clinical nurse specialist, four junior sisters, a healthcare support worker and two secretaries. The team is both consultant led and advanced nurse led in the primary and secondary setting.

Referrals are received into the department mainly from local GPs and LIMSS (Lincolnshire Intermediate MusculoSkeletal Service), with some referral from secondary care consultants.

A range of treatment options include pharmacology (medicines), injections procedures, acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENs), method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.

The nursing team alongside the acute pain consultant also provide an acute pain service within the secondary care setting at Pilgrim Hospital. The service involves pharmacology (medicines) primarily at present. The nursing team also monitor and provide training on PCA (patient controlled analgesia) and Entonox (laughing gas).

Grantham and District Hospital

The acute pain management team is mainly a nurse-led service, with a recent introduction of associate registrar. The team provide advice and management to acute pain patients over the hospital site. The team have close links with critical care and the surgical enhanced recovery programmes. This means that we cover a wide range of specialities including elective general surgical and orthopaedic procedures

The hospital also has two outpatient clinics a week with support from the Lincoln and Boston acute pain team referrals for patients listed for elective surgery, following our routine visits to the ward, via critical care/anaesthetic colleagues and via our bleep system.

A range of pain management options are available to include; pharmacology (medicines), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machines, patient controlled analgesics (PCA’s), and Entonox gas (Nitrous Oxide). Anaesthetic colleagues also may offer epidural’s or injection procedures.

The pain management nurses also provide an acupuncture service within the hospital outpatient department on a Friday.

County Hospital Louth

A chronic pain management service runs at County Hospital Louth, supported by Pilgrim Hospital. There are two or three clinics and a procedure session scheduled at Louth each week.

Clinics are held at the Woldside unit by a pain consultant.

Treatments available include pharmocology (medication), a variety of injection techniques, acupuncture and and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENs), method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.

The acupuncture service is provided in the Woldside unit by two trained nurses.

Patients for procedures are admitted to Fotherby Ward as day cases and treated in the operating theatres.

Referrals come mainly from local GPs and from LIMSS (Lincolnshire Intermediate MusculoSkeletal Service). Patients may also be referred from other specialities in the Trust and from other primary care and hospital trusts.

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