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If any of the following are present or suspected, phone 000 to arrange immediate transfer to the emergency department or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.
Patients with acute pain and new neurological symptoms e.g. Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)
Pain Rehabilitation Centres are for complex persistent pain patients who require a multidisciplinary approach for the management of their pain. Pain Rehabilitation Centre expect patients to take an active role in learning self-management techniques and to have a general practitioner who remains central to the supervision of their care.
Please consider if the goal of referral to a Pain Rehabilitation Centre is aligned with the treatment goals of persistent pain management. These are specifically to improve management of pain, improve function and improve quality of life overall. The approach is primarily a rehabilitative approach. Pain Rehabilitation Centres are not primarily diagnostic services.
All patients being referred to this service should:
To arrange a very urgent outpatient appointment, please phone the relevant hospital’s switchboard and ask to speak to the Registrar of the relevant specialty.
Metro South Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service. If your patient lives outside the Metro South Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.