Referring Doctor

The following information is intended for doctors who are thinking about referring a patient to a specialist at Pain Medicine Sydney. If you’re looking for information for your patients, please see our dedicated page on Information for Patients.

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Our location

Pain Medicine Sydney has private rooms at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Randwick, and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Please note: the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital pain management clinic policy is that patients will see the next available specialist or fellow, so patients are not able to book in to see Dr Charlotte Johnstone specifically.

Who we see

Our private rooms are open to patients who are experiencing pain of any kind. We manage:

  • acute pain (less than 3 months duration)
  • chronic pain (more than 3 months duration)
  • cancer pain

If we are unable to treat patients ourselves, we may be able to refer them to specialists who focus on areas such as pain in the elderly, addiction medicine, neurosurgery or orthopaedic surgery.

Patients under the age of 18

Patients under the age of 18, or those who are still at school, generally require a specialist assessment from a family psychiatrist before they can make an appointment with one of our specialists. We recommend Dr Ann-Maree Bickerton who is a local paediatric psychiatrist.

Workers compensation

We see workers compensation cases (as long as approval has been given for us to see them). Third party patients are required to pay personally for a consolation and they may take the receipts to their lawyer.

About our pain management process

We believe pain is a whole body issue, and our process combines a variety of medical and holistic treatments in order to provide patients with the best chance of managing their pain and regaining their quality of life. Find out more about our fresh approach to pain management.

Procedures we perform

We offer a wide range of pain management procedures for patients. Our procedures are all performed using sedation by an anaesthetist in an operating theatre by means of image intensification or ultrasound guidance.

Our dedicated chronic pain specialists perform the following procedures:

  • Epidural – cervical, thoracic, lumbar, caudal
  • Facet Joint Injections – cervical, thoracic, lumbar
  • Medial Branch Radio frequency Ablation – cervical, thoracic, lumbar
  • Paravertebral Blockade – thoracic and lumbar
  • Stellate Ganglion Blockade
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blockade
  • Hypogastric Blockade
  • Ganglion Impar Blockade
  • Coeliac Plexus – we refer to Dr Arthur Kaffes for endoscopic ultrasound guided procedures
  • Ultrasound guided radio frequency occipital nerve ablation, pudendal nerve ablation, lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh ablation
  • Intrathecal therapy for multiple sclerosis – Baclofen, cancer- morphine
  • Peripheral stimulation – subcutaneous stimulator for occipital neuralgia, thoracic neuralgia, ilioinguinal neuralgia

Contact us

You’re welcome to contact us during office hours to discuss your patient referral. We prefer to liaise with referring doctors by phone, so please phone 02 9650 4988. However, if you’re unable to phone during office hours, you can also get in touch via email: