This service was originally developed to monitor postoperative surgical patients with PCA (patient-controlled analgesia) and epidural infusions. This is still the backbone of the service but, over time, it has developed into an overall pain management service that covers both surgical and medical services.
Due to need, the service is now involved in the care of chest trauma patients, in collaboration with the ICU and, to a lesser extent, palliative patients.
The main goal is to assist in maintaining reasonable pain management for patients of Northland DHB in Whangarei Hospital. This should then ensure timely recovery and discharge.
All the pain management clinics are based at Whangarei Hospital and are held 1-2 times per week. Unfortunately, the demand is much greater than the available spaces and that is why waiting times can be up to a year, depending on clinic type and the problem referred for.
For information on the types of clinics run and their location, please see under "Services" below. Most clinics are presently held in the afternoon.
- CNS Pain Management
- Relief Pain Management Nurse, 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday (not public holidays)
- PACU nurses cover post-op care in weekends, 9:00am - 11:00pm
- Anaesthetist, specialising in Pain Management
- Anaesthetic MOSS, with an interest in Pain Management
- Anaesthetists/Anaesthetic registrars out of hours
- Occupational Therapist
- Physiotherapist for Multidisciplinary Clinic.
Click here to view the patient information booklet for Northland DHB Pain Management Service