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 Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

This service is available for people who are registered with a GP Practice in Greater Preston, Chorley or South Ribble. When we receive your referral from your GP, a member of our team will assess whether you need to be seen face to face in one of our Preston or Chorley clinics or whether you need a video or telephone appointment. If you are already a patient under our service and you are unsure what type of appointment you are having please feel free to contact the team on 01772 520900 option 4.

The Central LancashireME/CFS Service aims to help people deal with and reduce the difficulties that are associated with CFS/ME.

Following a referral and initial assessment, the specialist team will work with you to create an individual management plan to help you lessen the impact of ME/CFS, and gradually improve. The team will also work closely with your GP and any other health professionals who may be involved in your care.

What is CFS/ME?

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS), and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are some of the names used to describe a syndrome, which is probably a similar type of condition and whose main feature is excessive fatigue.

CFS/ME is the preferred term used in this information. It more accurately describes the illness and is now officially recognised. CFS/ME affects people in different ways and no two people experience the illness in the same way. The main feature is persistent physical and mental fatigue, which differs from normal tiredness. It is not adequately relieved by rest and is usually out of proportion to the activity undertaken.

A range of other symptoms often accompany the fatigue. These include muscle and/or joint pain, headaches, swollen glands and recurring infections often sore throats. Some people have feelings of dizziness and temperature fluctuations. There are frequently some difficulties with memory and concentration and many people experience problems with their sleep. They often have vivid dreams and wake feeling unrefreshed. Many people describe sensitivity to some foods and medicines.

Currently there is no specific diagnostic test for ME/CFS. However, there is a clear protocol that is used to confirm the diagnosis. A diagnosis is made by excluding around 40 other conditions that cause fatigue. Your GP will have arranged a variety of blood tests, liver function tests and routine biochemistry tests prior to attendance at the clinic.

The ME/CFS Service aims to provide supportive, holistic patient-centred advice to aid acceptance, education and self-management for adults with mild or moderate ME/CFS in Central Lancashire.

Sessions are run in clinics in Preston and Chorley and include self management interventions such as pacing, activity, management, sleep hygiene and purposeful rest. 

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Tilly's story

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a chronic, debilitating neurological condition that affects 1 in every 250 people in the UK. This is Tillys experience about the support she obtained from the service resulting in increased independence and quality of life.

Within LSCFT, the central area has a specialist assessment, diagnostic, and intervention service. Our service has a website on the LSCFT platform with an explanation and links to resources.

Contact Us

Minerva Health Centre
Lowthorpe Road
Preston
PR1 6SB
Tel 01772 777022