Thank you. Your choice has been saved. You can change your preferences at any time.
To find out if the service is suitable for you, please answer the following four YES/NO questions. Your answer won’t be saved so please allow enough time to answer all the questions in one sitting.
Before you start, please confirm whether you have either watched the video or read the transcript
You need to have watched the video or read the transcript before you are suitable for a referral. It helps you to get the most out of the service if you attend with realistic expectations of what the service offers.
As there is sometimes no known ‘cure’ for chronic pain, do you feel ready, willing and able to learn new emotional and behavioural strategies to transform the way you manage your pain?
If you feel you are not quite ready to engage in pain management because there are other directions you would like to follow, please seek your GP’s support to discuss those options before activating a referral to our Service.
Are you currently working with or waiting to see someone else about the same problem you are coming to discuss with the Pain Service?
Receiving messages from different clinicians about the same problem can be quite confusing. We therefore ask that you finish your treatment with the other service before pursuing a referral with the Pain Service.
Are you awaiting definitive treatment for your pain problem, e.g., surgery?
If you are looking for more scans/investigations or for a treatment/cure, the Pain Service is most likely not going to be the right one for you. Your GP will be able to support you to obtain these elsewhere.
All possible options which can help to ‘cure’ your pain need to be explored first so that you can embark on pain management from a position of readiness.
It is appropriate for you to be referred to the Dorset Pain Management Service.
Please complete the patient referral form.
There are two different ways to do this:
You then need to take the completed form back to your GP Practice and ask them to make the referral to the Pain Service. Your GP may want to see you again to discuss this or they may be happy to simply complete the referral process.
Once the referral has been sent by your GP practice, you will hear from us shortly afterwards.
You currently don’t qualify for a referral to the Dorset Pain Management Service as a result of your answer(s) to:
You can see that you don’t qualify due to the answers provided above which are true for you now. However, you may qualify at a later date.
Our online service provides the opportunity to:
Create your own Library of resources.
Set goals for yourself.
Join conversations in our online community.
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PainPals Helpline – 01202 858361
Mon-Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Wed 14:00 - 16:00 only
Helpline will be closed from 4.00pm 17th December. Reopening on January 4th 2022 at 11.00am.
Would you like to speak with someone who truly understands what it’s like to live with chronic pain? Call our helpline, which is manned by volunteers who live with pain themselves.
To use this helpline, you should to be registered to a Dorset GP