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Pain management clinic returns to Stamford next week

A pain management clinic is to reopen in Stamford on Thursday.

The move follows campaigning from Stamford town councillor Julie Clarke.

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said the services would be run from the Star Lane Pain management Clinic, with a second centre to follow.

The Broad Street Practice Photo: Google Maps
The Broad Street Practice Photo: Google Maps

The CCG says the service will be run by Connect Health on behalf of four CCGs.

Working in collaboration with the Broad Street Practice, the pain clinics will focus on first assessment and physiotherapy, working in collaboration with the Broad Street Practice.

Connect Health is also working on a plan with a Stamford GP practice to improve access to psychological therapies and medicines management.

Head of commissioning and contracting for South Lincolnshire CCG, Sarah Brinkworth, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the return of the pain clinics to Stamford.

“We know many local patients in and around Stamford were upset they could not access a service in the town and we have worked collaboratively with Connect Health to make this happen.

“It’s great that there are now four Connect Health Community Pain Management Clinic locations within 20 miles of Stamford, offering all aspects of the commissioned Pain Management Pathway.”

The Community Pain Management Service is for patients over the age of 16 who are registered with a GP in Lincolnshire with the focus on empowering patients and providing them with strategies and tools to live better with persistent pain.

The service provides access to specialist pain clinicians who can provide comprehensive assessments and offer a range of supported management strategies to patients.

Since April, Connect Health has established their service at 13 sites across Lincolnshire, including Stamford and Market Deeping.

Sarah continued: “We were always committed to delivering a pain service in Stamford, but it took a little longer than expected to find available premises, so we are particularly grateful for the understanding and patience demonstrated by local residents.”

Town councillor Julie Clarke confirmed that the first patients would be treated at Star Lane next week.

“They are also hoping that also early in the New Year, there will be a centre at St Mary’s Medical Practice.”

Coun Clarke praised Connect Health for restoring the services to Stamford, though longer term, she would prefer it back at Stamford Hospital, where it originally operated.

“But it’s great news that we have it back in Stamford.”

l Are you pleased the service is returning? E-mail your views to: smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk

For more information on the Community Pain Management Service offered by Connect Health in Lincolnshire and access to patient resources, visit https://www.connecthealth.co.uk/services/lincolnshire/

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