An outpatient based Pain Management Clinic has been run in Aberdeen for over 30 years and has expanded steadily over that time. The clinic is based at the Aberdeen Health Village and around 1600 new patient referrals are received per annum from the Grampian region and also from Orkney and Shetland. Referrals for supraregional services such as spinal cord stimulation are received from the Highland region.
The clinic offers a wide range of pain management treatments including a full range of advanced interventional techniques, provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, specialist nurses, and a specialist physiotherapist. A Pain Management Programme has also been established and this is accompanied by an extension of the range of assessment techniques and tools used. There are regular multidisciplinary group meetings of the pain clinic team and also with other specialities involved in the treatment of spinal pain and maxillofacial pain.
Pain procedure lists are undertaken at Woodend Hospital, a mile from the main site, and within the day surgery unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. A formal session is provided at Roxburghe House, the centre for palliative care in Aberdeen.