A Sudbury doctor is leading a new service to help sufferers of chronic pain.
Patients in West Suffolk will benefit from the NHS iniative, which will help patients better deal with their condition.
The community pain-management service, commissioned by NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, is expected to start in March 2015.
Dr Rakesh Raja, a Sudbury GP who is leading the introduction of the scheme, said: “Chronic pain is a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life, such as not being able to carry out everyday tasks or staying in employment.
“A major focus of the service will be shared decision making, which will enable patients to make their own choices on how they should be treated.
“It means that patients have more involvement in the treatment they receive and are able to better manage their own condition.”