Urgent referral

Is it possible for me as a new patient to be seen urgently or can I get an early appointment for a follow-up consultation at the UPCM Outpatient Pain Clinic?

Many of the patients who are referred to our Outpatient Pain Clinic will have had pain for a long time and will already have had many different types of pain treatment. We are well aware, therefore, that they would like to be seen at the clinic at short notice. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, as there is a permanent waiting list. Nevertheless, if you feel that you need urgent attention, we recommend that you contact the doctor who referred you to us. If there are important medical reasons why you need to be seen at our clinic sooner, the referring doctor can contact one of our staff members, who will decide whether to give you a priority appointment.

Which type of pain problems will always result in my being seen urgently at the UPCM Outpatient Pain Clinic?

There are a number of diseases which have medical reasons why you should be seen urgently at the UPCM Outpatient Pain Clinic. The doctor who refers you to our clinic should contact one of our staff members about this.

These diseases include recently developed (within the last three months) pain complaints due to CRPS, and complaints due to trigeminal neuralgia, cancer pain and vascular pain.

  • Patients with pain due to cancer will be invited for their first consultation at the outpatient clinic within two working days.
  • Patients with pain due to recently developed (within three months) CRPS, trigeminal neuralgia or vascular pain will be invited for their first consultation at the outpatient clinic within to to five  working days.

In what situations can my follow-up consultation be brought forward?

If you have undergone treatment and your pain complaints have changed or become more severe as a result of this treatment, you are recommended to contact the pain management nurse at the UPCM Outpatient Pain Clinic. This nurse will consult the UPCM doctor who has been treating you, to decide whether your next appointment should be brought forward.