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NHS GG&C Pain Service - resources for referrers


Covid-19 Update for referrers - last updated 3rd August 2020


Services are currently resuming in line with Scottish Government advice. The majority of consultations are being carried out remotely where possible. Group activities are still suspended, with the plan for restarting as remotely delivered groups shortly. In the meantime we are accepting referrals into the pain service as usual. 


Recent local guidelines and resources

All Pain Service guidelines can be found at Recently released or updated guidelines are listed below:

NHS GG&C Neuropathic Pain Guidelines (2020; pdf file). 

ADT announcement of updated Neuropathic Pain Guidelines (29/07/20)

NHSGG&C pain service Opioid Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Malignant Pain (2018).

Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care (pdf file, 2018)


Pain service referral guidelines for GPs and secondary care clinicians. (Pre-Covid-19 guidelines).

NHS Scotland Library Service offering Covid-19 research updates and online literature search requests.


Scottish Government advice

Leaflet for patients with chronic pain during Covid-19 pandemic (pdf, 8 pages, 20/05/20) 

COVID-19 Service Recovery Discussion Document for resumption of pain management services in Scotland (pdf, 21/05/20)


Pain management and Covid-19: UK and EU guidelines and resources


British Pain Society resource hub 

Faculty of Pain Medicine resource hub

The British Pain Society have issued guidance on pain management during Covid-19 infection, here (26/03/20). This document includes advice on transdermal opioids and ibuprofen.

Latest list of chronic pain self-management resources from NHS Inform (updated 31/03/2020)

European Pain Federation (EFIC) Covid-19 and pain research and resource hub



Useful generic Covid-19 resources for clinicians

UK Intensive Care Medicine Society / Royal College of Anaesthetists joint Covid-19 hub 

British Psychological Society - Responding to Coronavirus: Resources and Support  

Health Education England: staff wellbeing during coronavirus pandemic  

FACE Covid - How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis - animation by Dr Russ Harris, outlining an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) approach to dealing with the anxiety and fear that the Coronavirus crisis can bring.







Last Updated: 07 August 2020