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Pain Service - Information and Resources For Patients



Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Pain Service is beginning to re-open in line with Scottish Government guidelines. Please see the Covid-19 Updates page for more information about appointments with the service. In the meantime we hope you will find these resources useful while you wait to be seen in the service.

Introduction to the NHS GG&C Pain Service


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

How can the Pain Service help you? (leaflet, pdf) - a local pain management resource containing a host of patient information and resources, made by clinicians working in the NHS GG&C Pain Service

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.

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 - general health and self-management advice and resources from NHS Scotland 

Latest list of chronic pain self-management resources from NHS Inform (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. 


Other resources

Fitting and using a TENS machine supplied by the pain clinic - this short video demonstrates setting up and using the TENS machine supplied to you by the NHS GG&C pain clinic. More detailed instructions can be found in the manual supplied with the machine. See also general information on using TENS from the NHS UK website.


 Understand your pain - an in-depth and comprehensive talk by Professor Cormac Ryan, a rehabilitation specialist at Teeside University, summarising how pain works and how the pain system can change in long-term pain conditions.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Chronic Pain MCN (Managed Care Network)

Coping with self-isolation - a useful guide produced by staff at the Scottish National Pain Management Programme in response to the current lockdown. 

FACE Covid - How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis - animation by Dr Russ Harris, outlining a practical approach to dealing with the anxiety and fear that the Coronavirus crisis can bring.

What is pain? (leaflet, Word file)



Last Updated: 22 March 2021