The ME Association's annual ‘ME Question Time' will move this year to Chichester – where we shall be joining forces with reMEmber on Saturday, September 19.
Panellists who will be taking questions from the floor at the Medical Education Centre attached to St Richard's Hospital in Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6SE, will include:
- Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to the ME Association
- Dr Amolak Bansal, consultant immunologist and clinical lead for the NHS ME/CFS service at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey
- Sue Luscombe, a dietitian with expertise in ME/CFS
- Neil Riley, chairman of the ME Association.
- It is also hoped to recruit a paediatrician to the panel, and that someone will be available from the Citizens Advice Bureau to take questions on benefits.
The meeting will start at 2pm and refreshments will be available before the start and during the interval. There is ample hospital car parking space on site, for which the hospital will make a small charge – about £3.
No advance booking will be required, but it will help our catering and planning arrangements if you could let us know by 10 September if you intend to come. Please phone 01406 370 293 or emailTony Britton.There will still be places available for people who want to leave the final decision about attending until the day itself.
Dr Shepherd commented: "The MEA welcome the opportunity to link with with reMEmber to put on another of our popular ‘ME Question Time' meetings. Last year, we held this event in Colchester in conjunction with the local group and the panel were still dealing with questions on everything from management to politics as the hall was being tidied up. It looks as though we should have a good panel of experts to deal with everything you want to ask about ME/CFS."
The ME Association has been working closely on the event with Janice and Bill Kent, from reMEmber. Besides Dr Shepherd and Mr Riley, the MEA will also be represented at the event by vice-chairman Ba Stafford and publicity manager Tony Britton.