PRESTONSBURG – Patients of several Eastern Kentucky pain clinics are struggling to find a physician as Kentucky Pain Physicians closed the doors of clinics located in Hazard, London, Prestonsburg and Pikeville along with two locations in Lexington.
According to Anna White, an attorney assisting the owner of Kentucky Pain Physicians, the closing is not a result of the care given at each of the clinics. The care given at each clinic was satisfactory. The parent company of Kentucky Pain Physicians, located in Georgia, is experiencing financial stress and was no longer able to meet payroll at the Eastern Kentucky clinics.
Employees and patients were not given advanced notice of the closing.
“I don’t know what they expect people to do,” said Lisa Jarvis, of Pikeville. “So many doctors will no longer write narcotics and they send patients to a pain clinic. Now that these clinics are closed it doesn’t leave many options. Also, most doctors are not taking new chronic pain patients. This doesn’t seem like a responsible medical practice. Everyone knows if you take narcotics for an extended amount of time, your body becomes dependent on them. If I can’t find a doctor, I will start to have withdrawal symptoms. If you have never experienced this, you could not possibly imagine the agony of going through withdrawal.”
Both patients and employees are upset over the abrupt closing of the Eastern Kentucky locations. Employees also learned they would not be receiving their last three weeks of pay.
Patients of Kentucky Pain Physicians can request their medical records by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing a request to 770-850-8485.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.