North Durham: “Clinics to help ME sufferers”

From The Northern Echo, Monday October 13

Two new weekly clinics have been launched to help people who suffer from ME.

The sessions at Healthworks in Easington and Shotley Bridge Hospital are part of the Durham and Darlington CFS/ME Service.

They consist of a team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists specialising in the management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Vicky Piggott, clinical specialist physiotherapist for the Durham and Darlington CFS/ME service, said: “We have a role to support and improve the NHS services provided across Durham and Darlington and hope to make clinics accessible to people throughout the region, where they would have previously travelled further a field to gain assessment and support.

“We would welcome anyone suffering from the illness, or any carers/friends of sufferers who would like to discuss how they could be referred to us and what we are able to offer. “We also aim to raise awareness of this condition by providing information and education for health professionals who may come into contact with the patients suffering from this illness during the course of their work in their own area.”

The team has been working with patients since 2005 and already hold outpatient clinics throughout the north and south of the region.

People attending the new clinics will be able to access the same level of support and care at other venues across Durham and Darlington.

It is a condition where you have long-term disabling tiredness, which is unrelieved by rest or sleep with at least four additional symptoms such as muscular pains, joint pains, disturbed sleep patterns, poor concentration, headaches, dizziness, sore throat and swollen glands.

For more information about accessing the service or management of this illness contact either, Kristi Greensmith, CFS/ME administrator, Vicki Piggott, clinical specialist physiotherapist CFS/ME, Marie Liddell, clinical specialist occupational therapist on 0191-370-9486.

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