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 M.E. This leaflet will help explain what to expect from your doctor and how you can work to ensure a supportive relationship in the years ahead.
“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 M.E.
“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.
Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.