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Acute pain

Our acute pain service was established in Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1996.

The team is led by a consultant anaesthetist and we have a total of five nurses - full and part time. We have close links with surgical pharmacists and physiotherapists and we liaise with many other teams including chronic pain and critical care outreach teams.

Since the service was formed it has continued to develop and extend. We currently review many inpatients experiencing acute pain each year and we are available for surgical and medical wards throughout the hospital.

The acute pain service has daily nurse-led ward rounds plus a consultant ward round, once a week. We provide advice and guidance to ward and medical staff with regards to a patient's pain management and supervise the safety of the pain relieving techniques used. Training and education is available for all levels of staff.

As a team we are continually reviewing the service and pain management within the hospital using audit. We frequently assess whether changes are required to improve pain and aim to improve the patient experience.