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A New Paediatric Pain Management Role

August 2001
Earlier this year the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow was successful in obtaining funding from the Scottish Executive for the new role of Consultant Nurse in Paediatric Pain Management. This role was to develop a comprehensive paediatric pain management position incorporating acute, chronic and palliative pain and symptom control for children. This would involve the implementation of recent advances in these fields and make this quality of care accessible to a larger group of children at a national and local level.
The R.H.S.C. Glasgow has already an established acute paediatric pain management service that oversees the care of approximately twelve hundred children a year. However, the need for structured and resourced chronic and palliative components to the service has been well recognised during the last seven years.
Children with chronic and palliative pain types require accurate and thorough pain assessment carried out by health professionals with knowledge of different pain types and treatments. Support and education for children, families and health professionals will prevent readmission and encourage individuals to continue with care at home. By providing these support mechanisms children and their families can have their quality of life improved and the child and family can become more self-reliant. By providing support and education for the Primary Care Team, readmission can be prevented and relations enhanced between hospital and community.
Children who are currently in chronic care often can progress to palliative care and we have found that by early identification and management of their chronic pain, the transition to palliative management is more efficient and easier for the child and family.
Following commencement of this new role in April 2001, a multidisciplinary service for children is available at R.H.S.C. Glasgow (one of the few in the UK). Dedicated in-patient beds are available for intensive pain management programmes and national referrals are increasing.
For referral procedures or a wish to discuss any aspects of the service or the new role please call:
Mrs. Susan Aitkenhead:
Tel: 0141 201 0000 page 2059 or extension 0449 (answerphone available):

The Pain Management Service, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill NHS Trust, Glasgow, G3 8SJ.