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The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome service

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Also referred to as ME or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, it is characterised by long term tiredness that affects everyday life and does not go away with sleep or rest. It can encompass both physical (eg. fatigue) and psychological difficulties (eg. muddled thinking).

Although Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can sometimes follow a viral infection, quite often the trigger is unclear.

It is characterised by long term tiredness that affects everyday life and does not go away with sleep or rest.

Symptoms may include

  • Fatigue for four months or more
  • Feeling unusual tiredness, made worse by activity
  • Impaired concentration or memory
  • Unrested/disturbed sleep 
  • Aching joints/muscles
  • Sore throat
  • Headaces
  • Tender/sore lymph nodes

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If you feel that you may be suffering with symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome contact your GP and discuss a referral to the service.

What the service can offer

Our service offers triage appointments and a person-centred approach. This means that when you are referred to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome service, you will be assessed by a health professional who will assess your needs.

We work with the ethos of a person-centred approach as people who suffer with chronic fatigue are all unique, and therefore all treatments should be unique to the individual. There are various options which can be discussed with you. We ensure you are involved in all decisions about which options are offered.

Once you have had your triage appointment and your needs have been assessed, you will be involved in formulating an individual care plan to help support you with the condition. There would be on-going evaluations throughout the treatment process ensuring your needs are met.