The Pain Service forms part of a range of services provided by the Sussex MSK Partnership. It is a service provided by clinicians called Advanced Practitioners. These are specialist clinicians with knowledge and skills in caring for patients with foot and ankle conditions. The aim of the service is to provide patients with a high quality service that is based in a community setting, such as a GP surgery.

The following information is for all patients who have been offered an appointment in our service.

Who will I see and what will happen?

You have an appointment with a clinician who is best able to deal with your condition. Please allow about 30 minutes for your appointment (this may be longer or shorter depending on your clinical need). During the consultation:

  • You will be able to discuss your history and symptoms and the clinician will assess your condition.
  • You will get a chance to talk about different options for treatment, and receive information that will help you manage your condition.
  • The clinician will explain any medical treatments available, including risks and benefits.
  • Medical students or other trainee clinicians or colleagues may be observing in the consultation, as part of their training or supervision. The clinician will ask your permission for this to happen and it will only happen with your consent.

What should I bring? What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a list of your current medicines, including prescribed and non-prescribed medicines (e.g. over the counter medicines and supplements). You do not need to bring your medicines with you.
  • If you have had a scan or X-Ray outside your local NHS provider, please send us your CD and contact us to arrange for these to be available at your appointment. Please bear in mind that it can take a long time to get hold of these, so the sooner you can let us know the better.
  • If appropriate, you may be offered a steroid injection during the appointment. Your clinician will always discuss this and ask for your consent first. If you do have an injection, you will be advised to rest for 30 minutes afterwards, and then consider whether you are safe to drive home.
  • Depending on your condition, you may need to expose your shoulder(s), so you can be examined properly.
  • You are welcome to bring a relative or a friend to your appointment. Alternatively, we can arrange a chaperone if you would like someone to be with you. This is an independent person specially trained to support patients. Please let our team know on 0300 303 8063 before the appointment if you would like a chaperone.
  • If you need an interpreter, please contact our team on 0300 303 8063 and we can arrange for one to be at the appointment with you. We can also arrange for interpreters for telephone appointments.

What will happen afterwards?

You will be able to discuss with the clinician what will happen next which may be one or a combination, of the following things:

  • You may be discharged from the service.
  • You may be sent for further tests, such as a blood test, x-ray or MRI scan.
  • You may be offered a follow-up appointment, either on the telephone or face-to-face.
  • You may be referred to a hospital of your choice if further advice or treatment is required.

Whatever happens, you will receive advice on how best to look after yourself and manage your condition. If you have any other questions, please let us know by contacting 0300 303 8063 where our team will be pleased to help you.

Useful Resources

Please find below some helpful videos and information about medication, injections and self-management advice.

Understanding Pain

10 Mindful Minutes

23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Back pain – separating fact from fiction – Prof Peter O’Sullivan

Links to further resources:
Action On Pain – charity providing support and advice
Pain Concern – charity with fortnightly radio show providing information and support
Pain Association  – videos on pain management strategies
British Pain Society – publications for patients and professionals
Pain Relief Foundation – charity funding research into chronic pain
Health Talk Online – patient experiences of different health conditions, including chronic pain
Pain Toolkit  resources for pain management
Path Out Of Pain – resources for pain management
Pain CD – a non-profit self-help CD or download for people who suffer with persistent pain. – good general health information
Sleep Council – support and advice on sleep
Mental Health Foundation – Information on mental health support

If you have a diagnosis which you would like more information about, then please contact our clinical support team on 0300 303 8063 and they will work with our clinical team to find you some more information.