Pain Concern offers confidential, anonymous and free telephone and email services to individuals in the UK through our helpline. Calls and emails are answered by trained and skilled Helpline volunteers with the aim to support and empower callers. We are members of the Helpline Partnership.
What to expect when you contact us:
An empathetic listener
Information about pain and self-management techniques
Directions to high quality publications and resources
No medical advice – the helpline does not replace medical services.
We aim to answer all calls within five rings during our core operating hours, and to respond to all email contacts within a week, but this depends on our volunteers’ availability.
Have you contacted our Helpline recently? Please let us know how it went, by filling this short survey. Your feedback is essential for Pain Concern to secure funding and keep the helpline going.
What help can we give?
The helpline can provide:
A safe space to talk about pain
Information about pain generally
Help with improving self-management skills
Information about specific Pain Concern resources which may be relevant to you
Support and information to help you to make choices about how your own pain management needs may be met
Directions to reliable information and resources about pain.
Our helpline volunteers cannot:
Give or offer to give advice
Attempt to diagnose or offer any specific medical advice
Offer any legal opinion or advice
Provide personal opinions (although volunteers may speak from personal experience)
Become personally involved with any caller
Stay on a call when they feel threatened or abused by a caller.
Cost and billing
0300 numbers are dedicated to non-profit organisations and are included in any discount schemes or inclusive call minutes that you may have with your landline or mobile phone operators.
When you call the Pain Concern Helpline on 0300 123 0789 you will be charged at the same rate as standard UK Geographic numbers that start with “01” or “02”
Pain Concern does not make any money from the call you make
Itemised billing may raise our phone number on your bill.
The Pain Concern Helpline is not a substitute for medical care or advice. We always suggest that you check with your healthcare professionals if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment.
To read our terms & conditions, please click here.
If our lines are closed…
The Samaritans Helpline (116 123) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free. Their trained volunteers offer a supportive listening service to anyone whatever the issues they are facing.
For 24-hour medical advice from the NHS in England and Scotland, dial 111 or visit nhs24.com.
For 24-hour medical advice from the NHS in Wales, contact NHS Direct Wales/Galw Iechyd Cymru on 0845 4647 or visit nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk.
Pain Concern is not responsible for advice given by outside organisations.