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Persistent Pain Service

What the service does
Who provides the service
How to access the service
Location of service
Opening hours
Useful links

What the service does

The persistent pain service is for people who have been experiencing pain for longer than three months.

We use technological and traditional models to provide an evidence-based, compassionate service focused on the rehabilitation of each individual patient.

We deliver the service in small groups and on a one-to-one basis.

Pain Retrained course

Modern pain medicine works best by using self-management tools.

We have developed an online ‘Pain Retrained’ course. This is an exciting new service that evolved from our successful ‘Lifeskills’ project. The first patients will access this service in September 2020.

This approach brings together the best evidence on pain management to deliver a comprehensive service for our patients.

Topics covered on the ‘Pain Retrained’ course include:

  • How chronic pain is different from acute pain
  • How stress can impact pain experience
  • Simple effective tools to reduce stress
  • How regular graded movement can positively influence your experience of life
  • How to pace activities
  • How to plan for flare-ups
  • How medication is not the answer to long-term pain
  • How we can use new ways of thinking about pain to facilitate a better quality of life
  • How to optimise sleep and how this can benefit you

Who provides the service

The persistent pain team includes:

  • consultants in pain medicine
  • specialist pain nurses
  • clinical psychologists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists with a special interest in pain treatment

How to access the service

We need a written referral from one of the following before we can assess you:

  • GP
  • medical staff working in a hospital
  • nurse working in a hospital
  • allied health professional working in a hospital

Location of service

The persistent pain service is based in the Tower building at Belfast City Hospital.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm

Useful links

Books and other resources

This list of books and resources has been suggested by our patients and clinicians. You should be able to request these from your local library:


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