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Lottery award brings Airing Pain to Northern Ireland

Thanks to a Big Lot­tery Fund grant of £8,023, Pain Concern’s Air­ing Pain radio show will pro­duce four shows based in North­ern Ire­land. The Air­ing Pain team will vis­it pain ser­vices across the province, includ­ing pain man­age­ment pro­grammes in rur­al and urban areas, to hear from pain spe­cial­ists and local peo­ple liv­ing with pain. The shows will espe­cial­ly focus on inform­ing peo­ple in North­ern Ire­land of the sup­port that is avail­able to them and on empow­er­ing them to make use of these services.

Pain ser­vices are thin­ly spread through­out North­ern Ire­land, yet with 339,910 adults report­ed to live with chron­ic pain (19% of the pop­u­la­tion) it has the high­est pro­por­tion of peo­ple liv­ing with pain in the whole of the UK. The num­ber of patients admit­ted to hos­pi­tal for pain man­age­ment in North­ern Ire­land has near­ly tre­bled with­in the last twelve years, fur­ther under­lin­ing the urgent need for infor­ma­tion and sup­port focus­ing on local issues and provision.

Dr Pamela Bell, chair of the Pain Alliance of North­ern Ire­land, said ‘I am delight­ed that Pain Con­cern have obtained fund­ing for this series of shows.’ She explained the impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion the shows can make, say­ing: ‘Those who suf­fer chron­ic pain often feel iso­lat­ed, but radio helps them to feel con­nect­ed to oth­ers in their com­mu­ni­ty and to devel­op an under­stand­ing of their local pain services.’

Comments

Which num­bers are these shows — I can only one that men­tions North­ern Ire­land (no. 28)? Thanks

Hi there,

Pro­grammes 45, 44, 43, 42, 41 and 35 are all based on inter­views record­ed in North­ern Ireland.

Hope you find them helpful!

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