Pain help course comes to Barra

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NHS Western Isles and Pain Association Scotland is bringing a self management programme for chronic pain to Barra for the first time this year.

It has been run successfully for several years in Stornoway and Benbecula and thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, can now expand.

Dr David Rigby said “It is absolutely fantastic news that the programme can now be delivered in Barra. It benefited pain patients hugely in Stornoway and Benbecula and we know that it will be just as great for Barra patients.”

The course will be run by Phil Sizer, a chronic pain self management professional who has worked with Pain Association Scotland for several years,.

He said: “I really enjoy travelling to Stornoway and Benbecula. The classes are great and the feedback is always excellent, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work in Barra too.”

Phil has almost 20 years experience in self management of chronic field and works in a friendly interactive way – patients are encouraged to move around if they need to and no special equipment or clothing is required.

The course will be held at Castlebay Fire Station on Wednesday March 29, from 2pm-4pm; Thursday 30th from 10am-4pm, and Friday 31st from 10am-12 noon

To attend please contact Pain Association Scotland ( or collect a self referral form from Amy Macdonald, physiotherapist, or Barra Medical Practice.