everyone at one time or another. Acute pain is protective and prevents further
injury and is frequently seen after trauma including surgical procedures.
Persistent or chronic pain is not protective and can lead to loss of function,
distress and disability. It is unfortunately common. Most studies world-wide
indicate that around 1 in 5 people will have persistent or chronic pain.
Waitemata Pain Services (WPS) provide care for patients with acute and
persistent pain problems within the Waitemata District Health Board in
Auckland. It consists of a team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and
psychologists who undertake a variety of interventions.
The goal for our service to allow people to function better with pain.
The website contains useful information, resources and educational material for
patients and healthcare practitioners. We encourage users to review the pain
education video on this page as an introduction to some of the concepts
important in modern pain management programmes. In addition there are a series
of presentations where our clinicians discuss issues relating to pain
medications, interventions, activity and physiotherapy based strategies. There
are daily updates in pain research as well as useful resources relating to
medication information sheets. For health professionals we also have clinical
guidelines and screening tools available to download and print.
Direct phone - helpline for GPs & Specialists
Pain Nurse Specialist Monday - Friday 09.00-15.00.
Specialist Pain Physician Friday 09.00-12.00
A helpline is available for healthcare professionals to call directly for information. These services can be accessed by calling the Waitemata Pain Service Office. Please note that at some times the nurse or doctor may not always be available - if this happens please leave a message and we will phone you back in working hours.
There is no after hours or weekend service.