Blackthorn Medical Centre

The medical centre has strong support from the local community, NHS and Social Services. It provides treatments combining the best of conventional medicine with an anthroposophical approach which seeks to broaden understanding of the human being; physical, psychological and spiritual, and address the impact of illness. Therapies include Art, a form of movement known as Eurythmy, Biographical Counselling and Rhythmical Massage.

Full NHS Funding for Pain Management

The Trust has now signed a 3 year Specialist Provider Medical Services Agreement with West Kent PCT to provide full funding for Blackthorn’s Pain Management Service. It is available to any patient suffering chronic pain whose condition has not been helped by a hospital pain clinic or a specialist in that field. Over the last 2 years over 80 patients have been referred to the service by their GP. The anthroposophic approach includes medicines and therapies (art, biographical counselling, eurythmy and rhythmical massage), with opportunities for rehabilitation through social enterprise and support towards further training and employment. A full description of the principles, method , audit and results todate is available in ‘Chronic Pain as an Instrument for Change – Anthroposophic Management of Long Term Conditions’ by Dr David McGavin and Prof Gene Feder.

Primary Care Pain Management and Rehabilitation
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Contact Us

Blackthorn Trust
St Andrews Road



ME16 9AN

Tel: 01622 828382

Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am - 3.30pm

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