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Pain Clinic

The Chronic Pain Management Service is popularly known as the ‘Pain Clinic’.  This is a Specialised Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital, run by Trained Pain Specialist Consultants with the co-operation of a multidisciplinary team.

Location

The Pain Clinic Offices can be found at Mater Dei Hospital, Outpatients Department, Level 1 (near the Outpatient Administration Office).
An Outpatient Pain Clinic is held every day at Mater Dei Outpatient Department (specifically at OOP, MOP1, MOP3 or MOP4).
An Oncology Outpatient Pain Clinic is held weekly at the Oncology Hospital on Wednesday mornings and an Outpatient Pain Clinic is held once every month at Gozo General Hospital (Tel. 2210 6321).

Making an appointment with the pain clinic

The patient’s Family doctor, Primary Health doctor or another Consultant needs to complete and send a Ticket of Referral or Consultation note.
Referrals are received at the Mater Dei Hospital Main reception desks. All referrals are received through the booking office and are first vetted by the Pain Specialists before the appointments are given out and sent by post to the referred patients.
Important: There is a waiting list for first outpatient visit, for procedures and for follow up appointments.  If you are unable to attend your outpatient visit or your procedure/intervention kindly contact our offices on the numbers provided as soon as possible, so that we can use the appointment for someone else.

Outpatient Visit

The patient is assessed by the Consultant Pain Specialist who will take the patient's history, perform physical examination, evaluate investigations, establish diagnosis and treatment plan.
It is mportant for the patient to: • Bring a list of any current medication
• Bring all results and medical reports of treatment done outside MDH
• Inform the doctor of any drug allergies
• Inform the Doctor or Nurse if he/she is taking anticoagulants (e.g. Aspirin, Warfarin).
• If there is any possibility of pregnancy the patient should inform the doctor or nurse.
• Be accompanied by a next of kin or close friend.

The Pain Management Team

The Pain Clinic Multi-disciplinary team consists of three Consultant Anaesthetists specialising in pain management and one visiting Consultant, a Practice Nurse Pain, Deputy Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse, Clerk, Nurse Aide, Two Physiotherapists, Psychotherapy Nurse, and with the co-operation of Radiographers, Theatre Anaesthetic Nurses and Day-care nurses for procedures.
  • Dr. Carmel Abela MD FCARCSI Dip. Pain Med (Irl), DIBICM(Irl), Consultant Anaesthetist with special interest in Pain Medicine
  • Ms. M. Campbell PQDHSM, Practice Nurse Pain in charge of Pain Management Team
       Tel: 2545 4437 (Monday /Wednesday/ Thursday, 7.00a.m – 2.00pm)
  • Dr. Marilyn Casha MD MSc (Pain Management) MMCFD DESA , Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Pain Medicine
  • Mr Joseph Gauci MSc., BSc.(Hons)., Dip.Mgt/Adm, Deputy Charge Nurse
  • Ms Maria Sultana, Clerk
  • Mr Jason Pisani, Nursing Aide
       Tel: 2545 4436 (Monday to Friday 7.00 a.m-3.00pm)
  • Dr. Charles Gauci MD FRCA FIPP FFPMRCA , Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Pain Medicine
  • Dr. Joseph Azzopardi MD FRCA FFPMANZCA FFPMRCA , Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Pain Medicine (Visiting Consultant)
  • Ms. Brigid D’Amato BSc., SN
       Tel: 2545 4437 (Monday /Thursday/Friday/Saturday, 7.00a.m – 3.00pm)