MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA
Dr Farrah Ayob qualified in Medicine at Kings College London in 2007 after completing her medical training in London, USA, Prague and Canada.
Dr Ayob continued her specialist training in Anaesthesia in London. She was awarded the Fellowship of Royal College of Anaesthetist in 2015. In 2018, she completed a Peri-operative Anaesthesia Fellowship in Toronto Western Hospital and Women’s College Hospital which are part of University Hospital Network in Toronto, Canada.
There, Dr Ayob conducted research in prehabilitation before surgery and has published several reputable scientific articles. She also had presented her work both regionally and internationally in New York and Florida. She also was actively involved within acute pain service where she manages complex pain using various regional blocks, complex medical management and medicinal cannabis. She has completed over 400 regional blocks there for pain management before surgery.
“I am a Chronic Pain Specialist with a background of Anaesthesiology. I manage pain resistant conditions including Joint and Spine related pain, Post-surgical Pain, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic pain, Pelvic pain and pain in various conditions (Ehler’s Dahnlos, Osteoarthritis, Endometriosis, IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases). I have trained in Canada with the use of medical cannabis and have managed successfully to improve patients’ pain and quality of life to a significant extent. This is definitely a life changing experience for them. This has increased my interest in medicinal Cannabis for the management of Chronic Pain.
I also have a special interest in cancer related pain. The patients I treat include patients with active cancer or cancer survivor patients. Many conventional painkillers can lead to unwanted side effects. I see a good opportunity in using cannabis to improve pain and quality of life for these patients. I am also keen for involvement in studies related to long term effect of using medicinal Cannabis and in the UK, I am grateful that project Twenty21 has initiated this.”
Dr Ayob proceeded to do her Advanced Pain Fellowship at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital after which she gained the Fellowship of Faculty of Pain Medicine in 2019. Her training was focused on various pain conditions using holistic management such as Interventional pain management, medicines management, acupuncture, pain psychology and managing cancer pain conditions.
As a Consultant, she initiated the Transitional Pain Service at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital where she liaised with GPs, Pharmacists and Psychologists with the aim to reduce opioid use after surgery. Dr Ayob now sees a high volume of patients with pain conditions, managing them with analgesics, anti-neuropathics and medicinal cannabis. Dr Ayob also performs various interventional blocks for chronic pain. Dr Ayob regularly conducted Multidisciplinary Meetings with Physiotherapists, GPs and Nurse Specialists. She also regularly delivers educational presentations to GPs and specialist trainees in current Pain topics. She is currently a Faculty Tutor for her NHS hospital.