Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines

The 2014 National Palliative Care Guidelines have been developed by a multidisciplinary group of professionals working in the community, hospital and specialist palliative care services throughout Scotland and will be used in all Scottish Health Boards.
The guidelines have been developed in accordance with AGREE criteria and are supported by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care.
The Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines are available at:
The pain & symptom control guidelines sections of the Lothian Palliative Care Guidelines (2010) have been been updated and transferred to the new national website.  Current guidance still to be reviewed is still available on this website and at:
  • Patient information leaflets
  • Care planning
  • Non-cancer palliative care

The Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines include a few medications and preparations that are only recommended for use on specialist advice, and some that are not approved in all Health Boards including NHS Lothian. Regional cancer guidelines should be used for patients receiving oncology treatment.
Seek advice from your pharmacist, a palliative care specialist or local oncology services.

Last Reviewed: 02/12/2014