Conditions treated by the Pain Control Service

The service sees children and young people with complex pain management needs who are currently patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, or who are referred to the outpatient multidisciplinary chronic pain management service.

Outpatient chronic pain management service

We provide a multidisciplinary assessment and treatment service for children and young people with chronic pain (continuous or recurrent pain that has lasted more than three months). Please also see our referral criteria and details on how to refer.

Patients with the following conditions may be suitable for referral:
  • congenital or acquired neuropathic pain

  • persistent postoperative pain (longer than two months after surgery)

  • complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

  • localised chronic musculoskeletal pain

  • abdominal pain

  • headache

  • chronic illness-related pain with poor response to treatment

  • chronic pain 'syndrome'

Services and treatments:

All patients referred to the service will receive a multidisciplinary assessment. An individualised pain management plan will be put in place where appropriate which may include elements of:

  • general pain management advice

  • pain education

  • analgesic medication review and medication management

  • pain coping strategies and cognitive behaviour therapy

  • group pain management programme

  • physiotherapy

  • TENS

  • complimentary and integrative medicine

We will discuss these treatment options with you at your appointment. Please also see our clinical information leaflets for more information.