Consultant Profile

Dr Paul Wilkinson

Dr Paul Wilkinson MB BS, B Med Sci, C Med Ed, MRCGP, FRCA
Practicing at:
Spire Washington Hospital
  • Anaesthetics
    • Pain management
Special clinical interests:
Pain management, anaesthesia.
Research interests:
Pain management.
Current NHS and /or university posts:
Consultant in Pain Management, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
International Association for the Study of Pain
Pain Society
North British Pain Society
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0191 418 8636
Private secretary telephone number:
0191 282 4412
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:
I intend to undertake a comprehensive, evidence-based Pain Medicine practice focusing on back and neck pain but dealing with all pain problems including neuropathies, urogenital, abdominal and atypical facial pain:

My substantive employment is at Newcastle Pain Management unit, a longstanding, tertiary referral pain centre with the majority of my clinical time occupied in Pain Management. I have undertaken sub-specialist training in pain management to standards approved by Royal College of Anaesthetists as well as overseas training. I am experienced in both medical approaches including invasive procedures as well as multidisciplinary pain management.

I am lead for the Royal Victoria and Newcastle General Hospitals acute pain service and have been appointed Medical Director to Newcastle Pain Management programme, a new initiative to help patients with difficult pain problems with future intent to consider early interventions.
I am a Regional sub-specialist pain training co-ordinator and tutor, as well as a research grant holder relating to neurophysiological mechanisms and regular lecturer.

Examples of treatments include stimulation analgesia; advanced pharmacotherapy; extensive invasive procedural repertoire including antisympathetic procedures for neuropathic and body axis pain; facet joint injections (all levels), radiofrequency lesioning, transforaminal, sacral, conventional epidurals and simple adhesiolysis for back pain. Trigger point acupuncture and injections and regional analgesia; introduction to broader pain management strategies including pain education, reattribution, behavioural modification and coping strategies.

I am committed to improving pain management services both locally and nationally because patients in pain deserve better.
Personal profile:
On a personal note, I played football regularly within the region for University and also for England Universities being awarded “Royales” and still try to keep active.

I have lived in the North east for over 20 years and love it.

My main interest outside work is my wife and children.

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Dr Paul Wilkinson

Dr Paul Wilkinson Anaesthetics Consultant, Washington, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, private hospital specialist.

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