An innovative new children’s Acupuncture Clinic has been set up by Leicester Children’s Hospital based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The clinic run by Zoe Forster and Sarah Roberts Children’s Pain Specialist Nurses who have undergone training with  the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

The training was funded by ‘Away with Pain’ (, a charity which is passionate about enhancing the care of people who suffer with chronic pain. Trustee for the charity, Dr Alan Sutton said: “We are delighted that our grant will now enable children to also benefit from acupuncture as part of their specialist care programme.”

Children are offered a six week course of treatment, during weekly 45 minute outpatient appointments. Zoe explains: “Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in the skin, muscle and other tissues and can produce a variety of effects. It is known to increase the release of the body’s natural pain killers (e.g. endorphins and serotonin) in pathways in the brain and spinal cord. The production of these substances modifies the way pain signals are received by the brain and hence can cause a reduction in pain.

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