UHND Pain Management

University Hospital North Durham Chronic Pain Services

The number of people living with long term conditions – and in an increasing numbers of cases, multiple long term conditions – is growing. The aim is to provide a more integrated community based service that offers better support for patients and service users, more education in self management, and, when people have problems managing their conditions, quick support to specialist help to avoid an acute episode and hospitalisation.

The Care Closer to Home strategy supports and enables the delivery of this and many other aims, including developing alternatives to hospital admission and enabling earlier discharge. Pain Management services at the Northern Integrative Health Practice in Sacriston, Durham helps meet this challenging ambition and provides NHS patients and service users with the following:

  • pain assessment and treatment
  • education, advice and support
  • promotion of health and well-being
  • prevention of illness or injury

 

What pain treatments are provided to help me?

The consultant at UHND Pain Management Centre here at the NIHP Durham will carry out an assessment and produce an individual Treatment Plan. This will consist of one or more of the following treatments and services:

  • Acupuncture, Bowen Technique & Corrective Exercise
  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology & Sleep Support
  • Wellbeing & Self-Management Mentoring

You will benefit from the majority of these services at the UHND Pain Management Centre within the NIHP here in Sacriston, near Chester-le-Street, Stanley and Durham City. Some services, such as scans or intensive procedures, will require appointments at UHND but we will tell you in advance if that is the case.

Please note: this service requires a referral by your GP to the Chronic Pain Management Service at UHND. The hospital will determine if treatment is appropriate here at the NIHP in Sacriston. We cannot accept NHS referrals direct.

 

Contacts

Community Pain Management Team – 01207 584 360
Chester-le-Street Hospital – Pain Management Unit – 0191 387 6430

 

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Your UHND Pain Management Clinical Lead

Dr David Laird
Dr David Laird
Consultant at University Hospital North Durham

Dr David Laird was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management in 1990. He is also College Tutor in Anaesthesia; Chair of Deanery Specialist Training Committee in Anaesthesia; Undergraduate Lead in Durham from 2004; and Lead Clinical Tutor.

In 1999 he was awarded the Wyeth Travelling Fellowship to North Carolina and obtained the Certificate in Medical Education.

David developed the Multidisciplinary Pain Management Service winning 2005 NHS Regional Innovation award and established the Hospital Palliative care service 1993. He is currently developing early intervention pain management programmes with primary care colleagues.

Specialities: Anaesthetics, Pain Management.
Special interests: Headache, Cancer Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neuropathic Pain (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), Medically Unexplained Pain Syndromes including Fibromyalgia & Pelvic Pain.
Training: Queen’s University Medical School, Belfast & Anaesthetic training rotation with Pain Attachments to Oxford King’s College Hospital and St Christopher’s Hospice, London.
Qualifications: MB BCh BAO 1981 FFARCSI 1985 FRCA FFPMRCA Cert Med Ed
Training role: Foundation Faculty Member of Doctors as Educators at the RCP London.

 

University Hospital North Durham

Opened in 2001, this major acute hospital provides services to a population of more than 250,000 in County Durham. The hospital provides a full range of outpatient clinics and diagnostics, inpatient surgery, children’s services and consultant led maternity services.

It handles emergency trauma surgery and other major surgery and hosts specialist services in dermatology and plastic surgery which also treats patients from Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead.

The hospital is situated on the A691 in Durham City.
University Hospital North Durham
County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

 

Please note: this service requires a referral by your GP to the Chronic Pain Management Service at UHND. The hospital will determine if treatment is appropriate here at the NIHP in Sacriston. We cannot accept NHS referrals direct.