The community pain management team is
part of County Durham and Darlington Community Health
How can we help you?
Many people suffer from persistent or chronic pain, lasting for
more than three to six months. It normally occurs after an injury,
when the healing process has normally finished or as part of a
long-term painful condition. It can have a significant impact on
quality of life, limiting activities and confidence over time,
especially if the level of pain increases. When medication and rest
alone do not resolve the pain, there is a need to learn to manage
the pain by other means.
The team aim to help you to overcome the impact of chronic pain
and to create a sense of control over your situation.
Who are we and what do we do?
We are a team comprising of a GP, nurse, physiotherapist and
psychologist, all of whom have a particular interest in managing
chronic pain We run weekly clinics at both Shotley Bridge
Hospital and at Chester le Street Hospital for patients who are
living with pain.
The team provide a range of strategies to help you to manage and
cope with pain by:
The community pain management service is a community based
service and offers patients clinic appointments in either Shotley
Bridge or Chester le Street Community Hospitals.
You can access the service through your GP, district nurse,
physiotherapist or through the hospital-based pain clinic
professional who is looking after you, or by telephoning:
01207 584 360
Our office opening hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
(If our lines are busy and we can't answer immediately, please
leave a short message, including your phone number and we will call
you back by the next working day at the very latest).
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community