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Stamford pain clinic services could return and town councillor, Julie Clarke, says she is '90 per cent certain' it will happen




A councillor campaigning for the return of a pain clinic to Stamford says she is ‘90 per cent certain’ it will happen.

Julie Clarke, an Independent Stamford town councillor has been in talks with the clinical commissioning group, which plans and authorises medical services.

In turn, they have been consulting with Connect Health, which received the contract to supply pain management in Stamford and the surrounding areas in April this year.

Stamford and Rutland Hospital where the pain management service is still open but for Cambridgeshire residents
Stamford and Rutland Hospital where the pain management service is still open but for Cambridgeshire residents

Since the pain management service was outsourced to Connect Health, the nearest clinic for patients in the Stamford area has been in the Deepings and Grantham.

Coun Clarke said although some people were against the outsourcing of the service, she is ‘not in that camp’ because she sees it as ‘a force for good’ that will help people to reduce or end their reliance on medication to control their pain

Instead, Connect Health does try to help patients find more long-term ways to manage and reduce pain through physiotherapy, and encouraging people into suitable levels of activity.

“I’m in agreement with their ethos, but we want the clinics to be held at Stamford Hospital,” said Coun Clarke, who started using the pain clinic services after suffering a spinal injury in a car accident.

Having received some treatment through Lakeside Healthcare GP services in Stamford, Coun Clarke was referred to a hospital consultant in Peterborough, and has also had a physiotherapy consultation via Skype video call.

However, she appreciates that travelling to appointments, and using computer technology for consultations, does not suit everyone.

Echoing Coun Clarke’s belief that a pain management clinic would soon be held in Stamford again, a spokesman from South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We remain committed to re-establishing a pain service in Stamford – this is a specific requirement of the Community Pain Management Service contract we awarded Connect Health, and we hope to be able to make an announcement in the near future.

“In the meantime the clinic that has been running from the Deepings Practice continues to provide a pain service for local patients.

“We appreciate that this position is not ideal for Stamford patients and we are extremely grateful for their continued understanding and patience.”

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