The Pain Management Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is a Level 6 service, providing services through a multidisciplinary outpatient model with an inpatient consultation service.
The unit conducts assessment and treatment for persistent, chronic pain and provides patients with a comprehensive management plan involving an integrated team of specialists.
The plan aims to address the physical and psycho-social factors that may impact on the persistence of pain and its consequent disability.
The Pain Management Unit also provides comprehensive support for cancer patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The unit provides offers and advice to other hospitals and health services across Adelaide, regional South Australia and the Northern Territory.
The Pain Management Unit provides a consultation and liaison service across the hospital, assessing and treating patients within 24 hours.
Where required, the unit also provides post-treatment follow-ups, particularly for patients who will require ongoing support through the hospital’s outpatient clinics.
The Pain Management Unit provides services for patients with both chronic and cancer pain.
Referrals are received from General Practitioners, Specialists and from inpatient medical teams.
If the patient is new to the service, they are sent a patient survey which they are required to complete.
They must also attend an education session in order to be accepted into the service.
However, the GP or referring doctor can discuss the urgency with the unit and these steps may be bypassed in certain circumstances.
Patients can be seen at home, particularly palliative patients with intrathecal pumps. This is usually managed by Bolton Clarke (formerly the Royal District Nursing Service).
Please note, the majority of outpatient services are being delivered from Level 6 of the Emergency Block at the old RAH (corner of Frome Rd and North Trc) while the Pain Management Unit continues its staged transition to the new facility. Contact the Pain Management Clinic on 8222 5403.