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Information for GP/ healthcare professionals

Philosophy and approach

 

Chronic pain is a common presentation in clinical practice and for clinicians and patients alike, it often means a lengthy and frustrating search for effective treatment.

 

We can offer the specialist expertise and care that breaks this cycle.  When you refer your patients to Berkshire Pain Clinic, we will provide a thorough initial assessment by a highly experienced consultant in pain medicine, resulting in an appropriate treatment plan. We have access to physiotherapy and other complementary therapies locally or can refer you to services closer to you.

Pain conditions have psychosocial as well as physical aspects and we therefore take a holistic approach.  Most patients benefit from a multi-modal pain management plan so we will usually recommend a combination of therapeutic interventions.  This might include lifestyle changes, exercise, physiotherapy, spinal manipulation or psychological support, as well as interventional procedures where these are indicated. In addition, rationalising the patient’s pain medications is often a key element of the treatment plan, with the aim of maximising clinical benefit while minimising the risk of adverse events and dependency.

Referrals

Before the first appointment, please ask your patient to complete our new patient form. [include link here]  It provides us with a complete picture of their past history, medication and any other comorbidities.  Having this information to hand ensures that the first appointment can be focused on helping the patient with their pain.

A new patient appointment takes between 30 and 45 minutes and, as noted above, includes a full evaluation, assessment and treatment plan. Where suitable and necessary, some interventions can be offered on the spot, with follow up to ensure patient satisfaction.

Our aim is to keep the patient well informed at all times and we usually send the referring clinician our report, as well.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Ravindran at any time before, during or after treatment if you would like to discuss your patient’s progress.

 

Fees

We want our service to be accessible and we aim to keep our fees as affordable as possible.  We aim for transparency regarding costs so please see the information below.

 

  • New Patient Consultations: £140- £160
  • Follow up consultations: £90- £110
  • Interventional procedures: According to specific insurer payment schedules.
  • Self pay procedures carry their own package tariff so it is best to take advice from the respective hospital finance division.

 

Qualifications

We are proud to offer care from a highly skilled and experienced consultant in pain management Dr Deepak Ravindran MD FRCA FFPMRCA FIPP.  Dr Ravindran is the clinical lead for Pain Management at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He has been acknowledged as a Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice, by the World Institute of Pain USA. Only a few hundred physicians worldwide hold this qualification, and he is the first in the Thames Valley to achieve this distinction. He has also completed his diploma in Musculoskeltal Medicine awarded by the British Institute of MSK medicine. This allows him to provide all patients a comprehensive holistic assessment of their pain taking into account each patients perspective. Please follow this link About Us to read more about our professional credentials.

 

Treatment options

We offer a full range of treatment options, which you can read about on our Education and Educational Video tabs.