What happens when I'm referred?

If you're staying on a hospital ward and you're in severe pain, perhaps after surgery, you're likely to be referred to us by the staff looking after you.

When our acute pain team nurse arrives, they will introduce themselves to you and make a detailed assessment of your pain.

We may ask you questions to encourage you to describe the pain, and to understand how you usually copy with pain. We'll also speak to the medical team on the ward about your condition.

We will then devise a treatment plan to help you with the pain. The ward nursing team may implement the plan, but it will be directed by the acute pain team.

We will evaluate whether our plan helps, and if it hasn't eased your pain we may try another option.