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Local NHS to cut waiting times for pain management services

Patients waiting for pain management appointments will be seen faster thanks to a partnership to help reduce waiting times for assessment and treatment.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) is working with In Health Pain Management Solutions and St Hugh’s Hospital, Grimsby to make more appointments available for patients who have been referred to the service by their GP.

Shaun Stacey, NLaG Chief Operating Officer, explained that due to long-standing capacity issues affecting the Trust’s chronic pain management service, patients have been experiencing long waits for appointments and treatment:

“We are very sorry patients have been waiting. We are now working in partnership with two other local providers who already provide NHS pain management services to increase the number of available appointments. We are pleased to confirm this will significantly reduce waiting times and provide more options around the care local patients receive.”

Helen Kenyon, Chief Operating Officer of NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said the CCGs were working closely with the three providers to support an improved service for local patients:

“We are working closely together with local providers to continually improve patient care and experience and increase capacity whilst reducing waiting times.”

Patients are to be contacted directly within the next few days by telephone with a follow up letter.

Clinicians at In Health and St Hugh’s already provide services for the NHS and there is no additional cost to the local NHS for these appointments.

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