Pain Medicine

The Pain Management Team is a division of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of the Prince of Wales Hospital. The service is integrated with other pain services in the NTEC.
The Pain team members consist of specialist pain nurses and anaesthesiologists subspecialized in pain medicine. Anaesthesiologists were one of the first doctors to treat pain in Hong Kong. They also helped found an international organization called the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) dedicated to pain research and treatment.
The Pain Medicine Section of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care provides diagnostic and therapeutic management for various chronic intractable pain conditions, including cancer pain, acute post-traumatic and post -operative pain conditions.

I. Acute Pain Service (APS)

 Acute pain round:
Every day, patients with advanced analgesic techniques e.g. IV PCA or regional analgesia are reviewed during acute pain round.

Picture: Pumps for pain management

II. Chronic Pain

Chronic pain services are provided through in-patient consultations and multidisciplinary outpatient service, in collaboration with Oncologists and Neurosurgeons.

a. Combined Oncology Pain Clinic
We see patients at the Combined Oncology Pain Clinic with oncologist every Monday afternoon at the Li Ka Shing Outpatient Department in Prince of Wales Hospital. With a multidisciplinary approach, we focus on managing cancer pain patients with pharmacological and interventional approach.
For intractable cancer pain not responsive to traditional pharmacological approach, more advanced methods of delivery such as intrathecal pump and various nerve blocks, e.g. neurolytic celiac plexus block, would provide satisfactory pain relief. Optimization of pain control can improve quality of life in cancer patients.

Picture : Combined Oncology pain clinic

b. Combined Neurosurgery Pain Clinic
We assess patients at Combined Neurosurgery Pain Clinic at Li Ka Shing Outpatient Department in Prince of Wales Hospital together with neurosurgeons on alternate Fridays.
Most patients in this clinic suffer from chronic post-trauma, post-surgical and various neuropathic pain conditions. Apart from medication prescription and education on pain coping, interventions for pain relief ranging from intrathecal pump implantation, spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency lesioning are provided.

Picture: Combined Neurosurgery Pain Clinic

c. Pain Clinic (PC1) at Multidisciplinary Pain Management Centre (PMC) at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital (AHNH).
Patients referred from various specialties are assessed by pain specialists every Tuesday. Some patients are seen at the Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic jointly by pain specialist, clinical psychologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and pain nurse. 

Picture: Multi-disciplinary out-patient service in Pain Management Centre at AHNH

Patients are managed accordingly, with drugs, intervention, psychological intervention or cognitive behavioural therapy.

Picture: Pulsed Radiofrequency (pRF) treatment

Picture: Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) implantation

 d. Comprehensive Out-patient Engagement (COPE)

Comprehensive Out-patient Engagement (COPE) is a multidisciplinary, cognitive behavioural therapy program. It is designed to empower patients with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms & their daily activities. It is held at the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital. 
Picture: Impact of Chronic pain
The program consists of cognitive therapy sessions, physiotherapy sessions, occupational therapy sessions, enhancing self-management skills such as pacing, relaxation etc

Picture: Cognitive therapy sessions

Picture: Physiotherapy sessions

Picture: COPE program participants & staff

It is conducted in morning of every Monday & Friday. Both newly referred patients from various specialties and patients requiring follow-up reviews are seen by pain specialist and pain nurse.

  III. Training
Anaesthesia Pain Trainee
-Training Objectives

Acute Pain

Chronic Pain

 HKCA Fellowship in Pain Medicine
There are 2 training posts of fellowship in Pain Medicine (FPM under HKCA) in the NTEC. For details, please refer to HKCA pain medicine website.
Medical student
Medical students are taught on principles of acute and chronic pain assessment and management during acute pain rounds and lectures.

Acute Pain Teaching Material Schedule (file:Management of acute post-operative pain & management of post-operative nausea and vomiting )
Chronic Pain Teaching Part 1 Part 2 (file: Chronic pain_1, Chronic pain_2)

Public education
Members are actively involved in public lectures to increase public awareness and understanding on pain matters

IV. CME activities:
Dr Michelle Cheung (Head of PWH pain team)
Dr. Ara Li (NTEC CME coordinator)
Dr. Aaron Ying
Ms Marlene Ma
Ms Anne Woo
Ms Ceci Cheung
Ms Josephine Chen
Ms Wendy Fung
Ms Tai Kwai Oi