From August 1, 2015, the Kiel Pain Clinic can now use the historic clinic building at the mouth of the Schwentine to the Kiel Fjord on Heikendorfer Weg with increased space. In October 2014, Prof. Hartmut Göbel acquired the building for the Ostium property company. The cardiology clinic, which also operated in the same building complex, was a legally and economically separate facility. It ceased operations on July 31, 2015. The freed up space can now be fully used for the needs of patients with migraines, headaches and chronic pain disorders.

The concept of the Kiel Pain Clinic focuses on research and treatment of migraines, headaches and chronic neurological pain in diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. It is now being further developed and expanded with even more options. The Kiel Pain Clinic was founded in 1997 as a scientific model project from the Kiel University Hospital by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Göbel founded and contractually supported by the AOK. With the Techniker Krankenkasse, the concept was then adapted for nationwide care and an innovative outpatient-inpatient treatment network with over 450 established pain therapists was initiated nationwide.

Today, the clinic works as a nationwide center in the context of multimodal pain therapy with coordinated treatment plans and regional pain therapists in practices and clinics. We have forward-looking contracts for integrated care for chronic pain diseases with over 50 statutory health insurance companies. The clinic treats over 1,500 patients from all over Germany on a fully inpatient basis every year. Over 7,000 patients per year receive outpatient care. In order to provide care for all patients, it was included in the hospital needs plan at the end of 2013.

The head physician at the Kiel Pain Clinic, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Göbel: “We are working intensively on innovative interdisciplinary care through the Kiel Pain Clinic – both in the areas of treatment and research. By purchasing the clinic property on Heikendorfer Weg, we have made a very clear commitment to the Kiel location. We were also able to take on staff from the cardiology clinic.”

The Kiel Pain Clinic under the direction of the pain specialist Prof. Dr. Hartmut Göbel is already the contact point for affected patients, but also for scientists from across Germany and around the world. The clinic was recognized as the best implementation of coordinated care in Germany. Further international collaborations in headache research and care are also planned this year, particularly with China and Japan. Now the listed building at the mouth of the Schwentine in Kiel is to be developed even more systematically into an international focus of migraine and headache research and care for the next generation. Prof. Albert Einstein and Prof. Hermann Anschütz already worked at the historically significant location.

Over the next few weeks, the clinic will be carrying out some renovation work in various areas. The aim is to make the treatment even more pleasant in the future. We ask for your understanding for organizational adjustments during this period.

This means: improved treatment capacities, more staff in a wide variety of interdisciplinary areas and a promotion of research and international scientific collaborations. Prof. Hartmut Göbel: “With an estimated 9.6 million migraine patients in Germany alone, we here in Kiel can make a valuable contribution to the research, understanding and scientifically based treatment of these very stressful diseases.”