This service is available at St Richard’s Hospital only.
West Sussex Chronic Pain Service, St Richard’s Hospital
The Paediatric Chronic Pain Service at St Richard’s Hospital is a specialist multidisciplinary service for children and young people experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain problems.
It was commissioned to provide a comprehensive local assessment and treatment service.
Who is the service for
To be eligible for the service you need to:
- be under the age of 18 years old
- have chronic musculoskeletal pain (of more than six weeks duration) or at the earliest stage with features of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- be a resident in West Sussex or registered with a West Sussex GP. Please contact us regarding referrals for out of area children.
Children and their parents/carers are offered an initial assessment in clinic with the whole team.
We offer hour-long appointments to review medical history, medication and investigations, and conduct a thorough physical examination together with an assessment of day-to-day functioning at home and at school, college or work.
A co-ordinated treatment and rehabilitation programme is offered to those children who need focused therapeutic intervention.
Each programme is individual and is likely to involve a combination of:
- education regarding chronic pain
- psychological therapies and support
- school liaison
This support can be provided in clinic or at home.
Meet the team
The chronic pain service is run by a multidisciplinary team including:
- Dr Tim Taylor, Consultant Paediatrician, St Richard’s Hospital
- Dr Jon Rabbs, Consultant Paediatrician, Worthing Hospital
- Ros Foulds, Consultant Psychologist / Service Manager
- Becca Pepper, Physiotherapist
- Rhiannon Joslin, Physiotherapist
- Paula Stiles, Team Secretary
Where we are
The children’s chronic pain service is on the first floor of St Richard’s Hospital in the Women and Children’s block.