Scarborough pain service

What is changing?

From 4 July 2014, all patients currently accessing the Chronic Pain Service at Scarborough or Bridlington Hospital will be transferred back to the care of their GP. This means that any appointments to attend the Chronic Pain Service after this date will now be cancelled.

What if I still need treatment for chronic pain?

If you feel you still require treatment for chronic pain, you should make an appointment to see your GP.

Why is this happening?

The lead Consultant and Associate Specialist who provide the Chronic Pain Service retired at the end of the June. This particular service has not been reviewed for a considerable period of time which means we now have an opportunity to ensure we are making the best use of all available treatments for managing chronic pain, not just those currently offered by the clinic.

Also, a number of patients who access the Service have been doing so for many years and without a primary care re-assessment of their condition. This means they may not be receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs. 

Both the Hospital and the commissioner of the Service, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have agreed that now is the right time to review the service to make sure that the patients are receiving the most appropriate care and treatment for their needs.

What does this mean for you?

Even though you have been discharged back to the care of your GP, it does not mean you can no longer receive treatment for chronic pain. If you feel you still require treatment for chronic pain you should arrange to speak with your GP. Your GP will carry out an assessment and if required will refer you to the most appropriate service.

Has the Chronic Pain Service closed?

No. The service will continue to run on an interim basis but with a smaller number of appointments. It is the responsibility of GPs to refer patients to this service if they feel it is appropriate.

What will happen in the longer term?

The CCG is in the process of developing a new Chronic Pain Service which will replace this interim service. This new service will aim to help patients manage chronic pain in a more holistic way using the latest and most effective techniques. This is in line with best practice which is already widely used in other parts of the country.

The service will be provided in the community, outside of hospital which should also make it more convenient for patients to access. The CCG expects this service to launch by the end of the year.

Who do I ask if I have questions?

If you are unsure about what to do or feel that you still need treatment for chronic pain, you should speak with your GP in the first instance.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about this leaflet, you can call the CCG Patient Relations team on 01723 383638 or email them at scrccg.patientrelations@nhs.net.