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

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 ME/CFS? 

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.

ME/CFS is the preferred term used in this information. It more accurately describes the illness and is now officially recognised. ME/CFS 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.

Helpline run by ME association

Telephone: 0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times:

  • 10am to 12noon
  • 2pm to 4pm
  • 7pm to 9pm

Relaxation and Mindfulness

Hear Tilly's story

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