Solent NHS Trust

Website: The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Service

Telephone: 0300 123 6669

“We are a team of specialist health professionals. We provide assessment and treatment for patients who have symptoms consistent with ME/CFS and who are aged 16 and over and are registered with a Portsmouth City GP. Our team is made up of a specialist occupational therapist, a specialist physiotherapist and a psychologist, along with administrative support.

“Our service is accessed by GP referral. As part of the referral process we ask GPs to carry out a range of blood tests in order to exclude any other underlying condition that could be causing the symptoms.

“We support GPs and other medical professionals with the process of diagnosing ME/CFS. Our treatments are based on a self-management approach.  Any medical care would continue to be accessed via your GP. We help people to understand the condition and support them to find ways to stabilise the symptoms and build up their energy resources gradually. We work with people who are mildly or moderately affected and those who are severely affected.

“Treatment is individually tailored to help each person to manage their symptoms and improve their functioning and overall quality of life. The approaches we use are recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). We offer both individual and group treatments. The length of sessions varies from up to an hour for individual sessions to 2 hours for group sessions, with breaks included.”

 

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