Pain management service (outpatients) - East
We offer a multi-disciplinary, holistic service for patients with ongoing pain. Our rehabilitation team offers individualised treatment, as well as group pain management programmes. Treatments are generally combined to improve outcomes for patients referred to us.
We deal with complex, ongoing pain, such as back pain, joint pain, widespread pain syndromes, neuropathic pain, pelvic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and persistent post-operative pain. We offer a multi-disciplinary service and encourage and enable self-management of pain.
Information and about us
Living with persistent, long-term pain can be a challenging experience, as it can affect all aspects of life, from your social life to your sleep patterns. Your mood and confidence can be affected as well, with a lot of people left feeling depressed and worried about the future.
A significant number of people will find little change to their pain, even after medication and surgery. When this happens, the approach has to change to enable a person to take charge of their life again. It is difficult to accept that your pain is going to be a long-term issue, but we believe that people do better if they can learn to manage the pain themselves and not keep seeing different doctors in search of a cure. This is where our team comes in.
We have a number of pain management options available, including group work, information sessions and individual appointments. At the initial assessment, we will ask you about your pain and its impact on your life, then discuss possible ways forward.
If you would like to be referred to our team, please discuss this with your GP.
If you are already under the care of a pain consultant at the RD&E, then please discuss this with them.
Where to find us
RD&E Heavitree, Gladstone Rd, Exeter EX1 2ED
Pain Management and Physiotherapy
Meet the team
Our team consists of consultants in anaesthetics and pain management, as well as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
- Donna Batten, Specialist Physiotherapist
- Dr Kate Corner, Clinical Psychologist
- Dr Doug Crix, Clinical Psychologist
- Laura Fox, Specialist Physiotherapist
- Sally Kearns, Specialist Physiotherapist
- Gemma Mentz Specialist Occupational Therapist
- Rebecca Slee, Specialist Occupational Therapist
- Dr Alex Westcombe, Clinical Psychologist
Services and treatment
Available treatment options include:
- Drug review
- Pain intervention, eg facet joint injection, epidural, nerve root block
- Spinal cord stimulator service
- Pain management programmes, physiotherapy, psychology and occupational therapy
Patient information leaflets
We produce a wide range of leaflets which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital.
We also produce these in different formats including large print, please contact the department you are visiting for more information.
We have a number of relaxation and mindfulness strategies available to download as MP3 files.