The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Service is a specialist, regional therapy service for people affected by ME/CFS across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
The service is available to individuals who have a provisional diagnosis of ME/CFS, are registered with a GP within the region, and who have been unable to self-manage their condition with the advice and management provided from primary care.
ME/CFS can be a long-term and relapsing condition. The ME/CFS Service promotes the development of self-management strategies to enable individuals to make improvements and cope with their symptoms independently.
The service provides an initial assessment where a range of treatment options will be explored. The aims of the interventions offered are to work collaboratively with individuals in helping them to identify how they are currently coping with their ME/CFS symptoms and then working with them to develop personalised strategies to self-manage their condition.
The therapies offered provide a range of specialist, evidence-based, therapeutic interventions to individuals with a diagnosis of ME/CFS.
All interventions within the ME/CFS Service are based on current NICE guidelines. This may include practical or psychological interventions to enable individuals to maximise their potential and make sustainable improvements.
How is the service accessed?
Our service is available to anyone registered with a GP in South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire who has a provisional diagnosis of ME/CFS, and is unable to self-manage their condition.
Children under 16 should initially be referred by a GP within six weeks of presenting with symptoms. A paediatrician can then refer to our service following a diagnosis of ME/CFS.
Young people aged 16-18 and adults over 18 years of age can be referred directly to the ME/CFS Service by their GP. Referrals can only be made once the recommended screening test have been completed and a provisional diagnosis of ME/CFS has been made following a minimum four month period of sustained symptoms.
You can take a look at our service eligibility and selection criteria by clicking here.
You can find out more about how to make a referral and look at the referral pathway by following the links below:
- Referral information for adults – search for ‘CFS’
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