Glasgow base for Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence
The Scottish Government has today announced that Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow has been selected as the location for a new national Centre of Excellence for chronic pain services. The national service, which is expected to open in January 2015, will deliver residential courses for people who experience chronic pain and carers on how to cope with the effects of chronic pain, and how to manage their condition.
The announcement follows a Scottish Government consultation held in Autumn 2013 to identify improvements in the provision of chronic pain services, during which the ALLIANCE organised a series of networking events across Scotland to support a strong voice for people who experience chronic pain, carers and family members in the decision making process.
These events highlighted overwhelming support for the development of a specialised residential chronic pain management service provided by a Centre of Excellence at a single location.
Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP said: "Chronic pain can be distressing and difficult to deal with, but we know that if the condition is managed well, it can make a huge difference.
"That's why this new national service, based at a single location, will have a truly positive impact on people's lives.
Professor Blair Smith, National Clinical Lead for Chronic Pain, said: "I'm looking forward to working with colleagues to get it up and running. The care and treatment that the residential service will provide represents an important part of our ambition to improve the lives of people living with chronic pain.
"This will benefit the many thousands of people in Scotland living with pain daily."