A doctor in Sudbury is leading the introduction of a new community-based chronic pain management service.
Dr Rakesh Raja is paving the way for the new service, which is being funded by West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered by the local Suffolk GP federation.
He said the service, which will be rolled out in April, will be able to integrate health and care providers with voluntary organisations depending on patients’ needs.
This could include accessing healthy living services to increase activity or cut down on smoking or drinking.
Some patients may benefit from physiotherapy treatment, accessing mental health or occupational health services.
He said: “The introduction of this service recognises that there is a need for additional help and support for patients.
“A chronic pain sufferer could be left constantly fatigued by being unable to sleep properly, play with their child because of limited movement or hold down a job.”
Patients will be referred to the service by their GP, physiotherapist or hospital.
Dr Raja added: “Healthcare professionals will also benefit, with additional guidance to help them appropriately diagnose chronic pain and help patients manage their condition.”