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Pain Management Rehabilitation Team (PMRT)

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Living with persistent (long term) pain can be a miserable and challenging experience. Despite the best efforts of doctors to help by prescribing medicine and sometimes offering surgical procedures, a significant number of people find their pain little changed. The pain can affect all areas of a person’s life; e.g. work, home activities, social life, hobbies, sleep, relationships etc. Mood may well be affected with a lot of people reporting feeling depressed and being worried about the future. Confidence may be low.


Self Management

When a person has been thoroughly investigated and treatments tried (but with little or no effect), the emphasis has to change to enable a person to take charge of their life again. It is difficult to accept that pain is going to be long-term, but research has shown that people do better in the long-term if they can learn to manage the pain themselves and not keep seeing different doctors in search of a cure. This is where the PMRT come in.


Ways Forward

We have a number of pain management options open including group work, information sessions and individual appointments.  At the initial assessment (approximately 1¼ hours) we will ask you a number of questions about your pain and it’s impact on your life. At the end of this assessment we will discuss with you possible ways forward 


Getting referred
If you would like to be referred to the PMRT please discuss this with your GP or if you are already under the care of a Pain Consultant at the hospital please discuss with them. 



Team Members

Donna Batten

Specialist Physiotherapist

Dr Kate Corner

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Doug Crix

Clinical Psychologist

Laura Fox

Specialist Physiotherapist

Liz Jacobs Specialist Physiotherapist
Gemma Mentz Specialist Occupational Therapist
Rebecca Slee Specialist Occupational Therapist
Dr Alex Westcombe Clinical Psychologist


Relaxation and Mindfulness Strategies MP3's

  1. Soften and Soothe
  2. Safe Place
  3. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  4. Calm Place
  5. Body Scan
  6. Passive Muscle Relaxation
  7. Compassionate check-in
  8. Awareness of the breath
  9. Three Minute Breathing Space
  10. Mountain Meditation
  11. Leaves on a Stream