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Chronic pain management

Published on 13 April 2022

This service runs residential pain management programmes for groups of adults. The base in Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow, provides an intensive pain management service. Patients from all over Scotland receive referral from their local health service.

What support does the programme offer?

Adults with persistent disabling chronic pain can access an expert team. They then get help in developing self-management skills to cope with their pain better.

Following referral and assessment by health professionals, patients are enrolled in a residential programme. Groups of up to 10 participants attend for three weeks. Through working together with staff and each other, they develop interventions that support them. Better pain management helps improve their quality of life.

After the first three week block, review appointments are offered to patients. These occur at three and then six months after the residential block.

Further information about the Residential Pain Management Programme for adults is also available on their website.

Lead clinician

Dr Rachel Atherton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Scottish National Residential Pain Management Programme
Allander House
Gartnavel Royal Hospital
1055 Great Western Road
G12 0XH

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