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Pain Service

The Pain Service at Alder HeyThe Pain Service sees approximately 1600 patients per year. This includes children with pain related to injuries, operations, tests, procedures and medical conditions.

The pain service was established in 1994 by Dr Mary Cunliffe to improve the management of pain in children having major operations that needed infusions of pain relieving medications. Since then the service has expanded and now provides support for the care of children receiving infusions for pain relief, epidurals and nerve blocks, sedation withdrawal following long stays on intensive care, and Entonox therapy for short painful procedures.

Our services – what we do

  • See children on infusions or epidurals for pain control due to a medical condition, operation or accident
  • Provide pain management support and training to colleagues around the hospital
  • Support our hospital play specialists in helping children have painful procedures
  • Organise clinic sessions for procedural pain management
  • Have a multidisciplinary chronic pain service, that includes clinical psychology and physiotherapy

Since the beginning of the pain service here, we have developed many guidelines and training schemes to improve the effectiveness and safety of providing different pain management techniques to children of all ages across all medical and surgical specialites.

We are currently working with the hospital play specialists to introduce the ‘Paediatric Pain Profile’. This will be a method for assessing pain experienced by those children and young people who are unable to communicate or have additional needs.

Painbusting – a useful guide for the whole family

We are really proud of our new publication, a cartoon guide to pain relief designed for the whole family. Within Painbusters you can read:

  • Who are we and what we do
  • Information about the pain medicines we use
  • The different ways we can measure pain in babies, young children and adolescents
  • The different way we can reduce pain for short procedures
  • What happens when your child comes to theatre for an anaesthetic. This can be useful to prepare yourself and your child for the day before you arrive
  • Information about special pain relieving techniques after surgery – including patient and nurse controlled analgesia systems, epidurals and local anaesthetic blocks

Contact us

  • You can call the Pain Service office directly on 0151 252 5003
  • You can call the Anaesthesia office directly on 0151 252 5223

If nobody is available to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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