This service provides advice, guidance and support for patients with persistent pain who are struggling to manage, are experiencing significant difficulties and/or distress. We provide a number of care plan options, including a pain management programme, pain management information sessions, individual occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychological therapy as well as couple/ family therapy and medical review.
Location and parking
The majority of our clinics are held at The Leaf Hospital, St Anne's Road, Eastbourne, BN21 2HW.
Public transport links (bus and train) are a 5-10 minute walk up hill to The Leaf Hospital.
There is a small car park which has several free disabled parking spaces. There is also free on-street parking nearby.
When clinics are busy there is a high demand for parking spaces, so we would recommend arriving early for appointments to allow time to park.
We also have some clinics and groups at Grove House, The Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1NY. There is a free on-site car park and some street parking in the surrounding area.
Service inclusion and exclusion criteria
- The presence of persistent pain causing significant disability and / or distress
- The patient is able to communicate in English (using a translator if need be)
- The patient is willing to participate and prioritise attendance to appointments
- Physical symptoms have been investigated fully (treatable injury or disease addressed / ruled out). However, presence of an ongoing disease under management eg. cancer, arthritis is not an exclusion factor.
Exclusion criteria / reasons for delaying referral
- The patient is physically too unwell / disabled to cope with attending outpatient sessions (use of a wheelchair/scooter does not preclude participation in a group)
- Communication difficulties which cannot be addressed and preclude ability to participate
- Primary mental health problem (requiring treatment before attending)
- Primary drug / alcohol problem.
Pain Society guidelines (2013) state: “ There are no grounds for discrimination on the basis of age, literacy, litigation or judgement of motivation”.