March 9, 2015
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) was pleased to welcome the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, President of the Treasury Board, and MPP for London North Centre for a recent announcement.
Minister Matthews was on site to announce funding for a new Paediatric Chronic Pain Management program at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital that will help children suffering from ongoing pain such as migraines, backaches, abdominal pain and tendinitis.
“Children’s Hospital has excellent mechanisms in place to deal with oncology and palliative pain, and we are pleased that today’s announcement will allow us to ensure young patients with chronic complex non-cancer pain can also receive the needed pain care management – right here in London,” says Murray Glendining, LHSC President and CEO.
The new Paediatric Chronic Pain Management program at Children’s Hospital will operate a weekly clinic and will be staffed by an interdisciplinary team including a psychologist, physiotherapist, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, pharmacist, anesthetist, and psychiatrist. That team is now being assembled and once operational is expected to provide follow-up care to 50 new children annually. As part of today’s announcement, this new program will also work with three other hospitals across the province as part of a comprehensive network to better assess, prevent, manage and treat paediatric chronic pain patients.
“At LHSC we strive to improve the patient and family experience and we appreciate the government’s commitment to helping us strengthen and improve our ability to provide compassionate and high-quality care for our paediatric patients,” says Glendining.