Establishing a good relationship with your doctor is a vital part of any illness management plan. This is especially so when you have a complex long-term condition like ME/CFS. When it comes to primary care, a good GP should normally be able to make an early and accurate diagnosis and deal with many aspects of routine management while making use of a hospital-based referral service for ME/CFS where one is available. A good GP will provide supportive medical evidence for DWP benefit applications, insurance claims, ill-health retirement, home tuition, modifications at work, etc.
Topics in this leaflet include:
- The changing face of general practice
- How to find a GP that is helpful and supportive
- How to change to another GP surgery
- Rights and requests
- Making a diagnosis
- Illness management
- Drug treatments
- Referral to an NHS ME/CFS Specialist Service
- Private doctors
- Hospital doctors
- Complaints about doctors
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
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