We are pleased to announce that our CRPS service is still running in the current COVID-19 climate. We realise that for the majority, the last few months will have been unsettling. We are committed to supporting patients with complex regional pain syndrome in accessing our specialist service. We will continue to deliver virtual assessment appointments and virtual rehabilitation programmes for the foreseeable future. Please bear with us as we continue to develop new, virtual ways of working.
Please continue to direct any enquires to the service via:
E-mail: ruh-tr.rnhrdCRPSteam@nhs.net or Tel: 01225 821127.
COVID-19 and CRPS – Advice for patients
Many patients with CRPS may be worried regarding their vulnerability to COVID-19. There is no evidence of any specific vulnerability for patients with CRPS or chronic pain. However, we advise that all patients with CRPS diligently follow the Government guidelines on social distancing and frequent hand washing. The guidance changes daily so check the Public Health England website for current advice:
We will update this page when we have any further information relating to our services. For the current NHS advice and guidance regarding COVID-19, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
We are a specialist service at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, with an internationally recognised expertise in pain management and rehabilitation. We are based at the RNHRD & Brownsword Therapies Centre (part of the Royal United Hospital) in Bath.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that often affects the limbs. It can cause a variety of symptoms, with pain starting following injury to the limb or sometimes for no obvious reason. We are the national CRPS rehabilitation service for adults in the UK. Complex Cancer Late Effects can include uncontrolled pain and poor movement due to treatment. It can also include brachial plexus nerve damage as a result of radiotherapy treatment given for breast cancer in the past.
Our Rehabilitation Service
We offer a specialist rehabilitation service to people affected by CRPS and Complex Cancer Late Effects. Everyone referred to us is assessed initially as an outpatient before a decision is made as to whether our inpatient programme is appropriate for you. The services are run by a multi-disciplinary team, with an emphasis on promoting self-management.
The inpatient rehabilitation programme usually runs for a period of two weeks. You will be part of a group of 6-8 people who are either affected by CRPS or Complex Cancer Late Effects, but the treatment will be tailored to your individual needs as much as possible.
You will learn a number of new skills including relaxation, mindfulness and desensitisation. Medical involvement is minimal, but you may be seen by our pain consultant during your stay.
We also teach different techniques and strategies to help you manage your condition and improve your level of function in everyday activities.
The CRPS and Complex Late Effects services are both provided on a national basis for adults aged 18 years or over. If you live in England, then this is currently funded as a national specialist service via NHS England. If you live elsewhere in the UK, then special funding will need to be obtained by your GP or local pain consultant before you are referred. We are also able to accept private referrals.Learn more about referrals