The persistent pain service is experiencing a significant workforce deficit and are currently limited in service availability and oversight.
This is a multi-disciplinary service, involving senior medical officer pain specialists and several allied health and nursing professionals. However, for first specialist appointments and intervention to be offered, they require some core roles to be available.
Unfortunately, the service is currently not in a position to offer first specialist appointments (FSAs) and as such the team has limited availability for new referrals.
This situation has been escalated through Te Whatu Ora and all efforts are being made to find solutions. The current focus will be on managing the waitlist, with a focus on identifying high risk and urgent cases.
The team ask for your understanding during this time as they finalise a plan they will communicate to referrers as soon as possible, including options of alternative referral pathways.
If you have any specific concerns you need to escalate, please contact Katy Sheffield, Te Whatu Ora Taranaki director allied health, in the first instance.