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RD&E Joint Pain Management and Physiotherapy Unit officially open

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has declared the Joint Pain Management and Physiotherapy Unit officially open. This event marks the successful completion of the relocation of these outpatient services to a permanent base under one roof at the Heavitree site.


Unit Opening


This new unit was designed to bring together outpatient services to improve access for patients, who will often have several appointments with both services. It has also improved communication between teams, with staff now having more opportunity to work together to offer integrated patient care. 


There are four Pain Management clinic rooms within the unit and a dedicated procedure room where patients have injections and other surgical procedures to help reduce and manage their pain.  The Pain Management service delivers around 3,700 outpatient appointments and 800 day case procedures a year, as well as running regular pain management programmes and information sessions.


The Physiotherapy unit features a large treatment area with multiple treatment bays, as well as a gym and astro-turf area which helps with the rehabilitation of patients attending the 15,000 appointments offered there a year. The additional patient and staff education areas have also allowed treatments to be developed further.

Angela Ballatti, Trust Chairman, said: “This is a first class environment that we are really proud of. We are incredibly grateful for the hard work of all the staff who were involved in the project and who have made this new way of working a great success.”


Rupert Broomby, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, said: “The new unit has been a great improvement, both for staff in terms of a single dedicated place of work with enhanced liaison between teams, but more importantly, providing patients with improved facilities that are easier to access, and which allow us to offer improved treatments and therapies.”


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