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Chronic Pain

Introduction to the NHS GG&C Pain Service

Introduction to the Glasgow Pain Clinic (video, 5 minutes)

How can the Pain Service help you? (pdf)

Introduction to self-management – (pdf) – booklet produced by NHS GG&C Pain Service

paindata.org – a local pain management resource containing a host of patient information and resources, made by clinicians working in the NHS GG&C Pain Service – you will find non-English translations of some of our resources there.

A patient’s experience of the pain service – this short video (3 minutes) was kindly shared by a patient who attended the NHS Ayrshire & Arran pain service recently. It should hopefully give you an idea of the type of help you can expect from the pain clinic.

A bit about persistent pain

Persistent (or chronic) pain is very different from ‘normal’ (or acute) pain, and strategies that work well for managing acute pain are often unhelpful – or worse – when it comes to persistent pain. Here is a good overview of how persistent pain differs from normal pain, from the neurosymptoms.org website. We have produced a range of booklets locally, introducing some of the concepts and treatment strategies that we use in the pain service. These will open as pdf files in a separate window:

Trying to control pain – and some of the problems this can bring

Managing activity

Sleep and pain

Mindfulness and chronic pain

Managing thinking

Pain and trauma

Dealing with pain and COVID

Useful online resources

Flippin’ Pain – an online resource co-created by people with persistent pain, healthcare professionals, pain scientists and communications experts. It aims to help you make sense of the science behind your pain, and put this knowledge into action.

My Live Well With Pain – a collection of helpful videos and other resources designed to help you learn the skills you need to become an effective self-manager of your pain. 

Pain Concern is a Scottish charity providing advice and support to people with chronic pain.

Pain Toolkit – a great self-management resource, developed by someone who has lived with chronic pain.

NHS Inform – Chronic pain – advice and resources about chronic pain from NHS Scotland site

List (Word doc) of chronic pain self-management resources from NHS Inform (last updated 31/03/2020)

Mindfulness resources 

The NHS GG&C pain service offers mindfulness-based treatments to support self-management. Information on how mindfulness is used in the pain service, as well as audio recordings of short mindfulness practices can be found here.

We have also developed a mindfulness app, which contains more audio recordings of guided practices as well as links to online resources. The GG&C Mindfulness app is available to download for free from the Google play store for Android, and the App store for iOS. 

Welcome to the website for the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Pain Service. These pages contain information about the Pain Service, as well as online resources to support people living with chronic pain.

Please use the link below to find out more about how the Pain Service can help you:

Information and resources for patients

What do we do

We run outpatient services from Victoria, Stobhill and Inverclyde hospitals. Our Pain Management Programme is based at Lightburn Hospital.

About chronic pain

Chronic pain is different from ‘normal’, or ‘acute’ pain! Strategies that work well for acute pain are often less successful – or can even make things worse – in chronic pain conditions.

Please use the link below to find out more about chronic pain, and how the Pain Service can help you.

Information and resources for patients

How to be referred to the service

Your GP or secondary care specialist can refer you to the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Pain Service. Most new referrals are offered an introductory information session and brief telephone chat before the first clinic appointment. This is to give you a chance to see what we do in the pain clinic, and let us know how you hope we can help you.

About the team

We are a multidisciplinary team of Doctors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. You may see one or more of us at different stages of your journey through the pain service.

Our Locations

Stobhill ACH

3rd Floor Admin Suite
133 Balornock Rd
Glasgow G21 3UW
0141 355 1490-1494

Victoria ACH

Langside Rd
Glasgow G42 9TY
0141 347 8005/6

Inverclyde Royal Hospital

Larkfield Rd
Greenock PA16 0XN
01475 633777