Chronic Pain Clinic

The Chronic Pain Clinic is located at the Hotel Dieu Hospital site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and provides comprehensive pain management to patients throughout Southeastern Ontario. Our program provides patients with information and education, followed by an in-depth initial assessment, treatment plan, wellness promotion, follow-up care, primary care assistance/education, and prescription monitoring where appropriate.

The Program also provides opportunities to support research and knowledge translation about pain within the broader health care system.  In keeping with the Ontario Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose, our program focuses on prescribing principles and treatments that prioritize patient safety with the goal of decreasing opioid reliance in pain management while increasing the patient’s ability to self-manage their pain and improve their quality of life day-to-day.

Referrals

To access our care and support services, patients require a referral from their family doctor or another health care professional. If you are a health care professional, you can access our referral form here.

Hours

The clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are close on weekends and statutory holidays.

If you are looking for other resources, there is a Living Well With Chronic Pain Workshop offered by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Patient Resources

There is no cure for chronic pain, but it can be managed. Studies have shown that when people actively manage their pain on a daily basis, they get the best results.

Please check out educational information created by The Toronto Academic Pain Institute (TAPMI) who is one of our provincial care partners.

Start today!  Pain U online

Preparing for your appointment

Our clinic is located on Jeanne Mance 3 of the Hotel Dieu Hospital site at 166 Brock Street in Kingston.

When you arrive, please come into the main entrance off Brock Street and take one of the three main elevators up to level 3. Once you get off the elevator, turn to your right and follow the hallway signage for the Chronic Pain Clinic. The waiting area is located on the right side of hallway.

When you come for each appointment, please remember to bring the following:

  • A complete and up-to-date list of your current medications. This includes insulin, inhalers, any prescribed creams or eye drops as well as any non-prescription medications or supplements such as herbals and vitamins.
  • A list of any known allergies.
  • Any completed surveys and your pain diary.

You are also welcome to bring a family member or friend for support or personal assistance and they are welcome to attend your clinic visit with you if you wish. You may also bring a snack in case your clinic appointment is delayed or runs late.

Procedure and infusion appointments

If you are coming to the clinic for a procedure or any type of an infusion, you are required to have someone attend the appointment with you who can transport you to and from your appointment.

Also, please report any changes in your health or your medication to a member of your care team.

Appointment Policy and Contact Information

If you need to cancel reschedule your appointment for any reason, please provide us with a minimum of 48 hours notice. This enables us to accommodate other patients who are waiting to access services and support.

Also, your scheduled appointment time is very important, so please let us know if you are going to be late. This helps us manage time efficiently so others patients to not have to wait excessively.

To contact us, please call 613-549-3400 extension 2315.

 

12 Session Chronic Pain Management Group

Below are a few points about how we approach chronic pain management in this group:

  • Working with a care team made up of a variety of difference health care professionals
  • Using a group-based treatment that emphasizes physical activity, goal setting and education to improve function and quality of life
  • Planning for a time-limited and goal-oriented team approach
Who would benefit from this group?
  • Adults (19 years of age and older) who are living with chronic pain that is affecting their quality of life and function
  • People who are looking to set goals, become more physically active and actively learn non-pharmacological strategies to manage their pain
Your care team

Your care team will include a variety of health care professionals. This may include:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
What to expect
  • Groups of up to 10 people who are living with chronic pain
  • Education and strategies to manage chronic pain from a compassionate and experienced multi-disciplinary team
  • Session is 12 weeks in duration and takes place one morning or afternoon each week
  • Access to community based resources
  • Active participation in the group towards the goals you have set
What not to expect
  • Diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your pain
  • Support group discussion about non-pain related stressors
  • Elimination of pain by the end of the session
Goals of this group
  • To improve your understanding of chronic pain management
  • To set personal goals 
  • Learn how to move safely
  • Practice coping and relaxation
  • Apply the new skills you have learned