Pain management therapy services


Pain Management at the Royal Free London

Pain can take a number of forms, from short-term acute pain to long-term chronic pain. It covers several conditions, from arthritis and back pain to neck and nerve pain.

The pain management service at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is a large and multi-disciplinary service, offering a whole spectrum of approaches to reducing pain and improving the lives of people with long-term pain problems. It also provides an in-patient pain management service to all patients in the hospital in pain, including post-operative pain and any other non-surgical pain problem.

Our philosophy is to bring 'whole person care' to each patient, thinking of mind and body as a whole, so as to best help people with their pain difficulties and problems. It is for this whole person, multi-disciplinary way of working, that our unit has developed an excellent reputation amongst local doctors, patients and others, over the last 14 years.

Royal Free Hospital pain clinic

Royal Free Hospital pain management services include:

  • Full assessment of your pain and its effect on quality of life
  • Review of previous and further investigations into
  • Formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Educating patients about pain management and pain relief
  • Medication management
  • Injections for pain relief, if needed
  • Physiotherapy advice
  • Group pain management programmes

Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital pain management services

We provide the following pain relief and management services at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals:

  • GP referrals for chronic pain
  • Out-patient pain clinic – for patients who go home from hospital
  • Intervention lists (including day case treatments)
  • Community pain management programmes
  • Psychologist-led one to one sessions at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals
  • Nurse-led management of ward referrals for acute pain
  • Acupuncture out-patient service, at Chase Farm Hospital, for Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) patients


Referral details

Referrals are encouraged through the choose and book system. Appointments can also be made following a written referral from a GP.








Referrals to the Chronic Pain Clinic are accepted from GPs only.

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