Website: The Middlesbrough CFS/ME Service
Address: Centre for Clinical Infection, James Cook University Hospital, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW
Telephone: 01642 854462
“We are a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians with specialist skills, training and experience in CFS/ME. We are based in the centre for clinical infection, at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
“To access the CFS/ME service you will need to be referred by your GP. You must be over 18 years old and live in the Teesside or Redcar and Cleveland area. Please be aware that your GP needs to have considered other possible causes of your symptoms before referral.
“The consultants have extensive experience of assessing and making a diagnosis of CFS/ME. They will take a detailed history of your symptoms and personal circumstances. The assessment may take 45 minutes to complete.
“Usually the consultants are able to give you an outcome of your assessment on the day, but occasionally they may need to perform further tests or seek another opinion. If you receive a diagnosis of CFS/ME the consultant will discuss with you if you would like to be referred to the therapy team.
“The therapy we offer aims to:
- Improve your understanding of CFS/ME
- Develop your self-management skills to regulate symptoms and manage setbacks
- Develop your coping strategies to promote well-being
- Support you to increase activity levels in a safe and measured way
- Empower you to manage your health independently
“We combine the evidence-based approaches of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), with activity (lifestyle) management.
“We offer a maximum of 12 appointments which may take place in a group setting or individual appointments. Therapy will be delivered by a specialist CFS Therapist. You will be expected to practice the strategies you have learnt between appointments and take an active role in your therapy.”