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New Fatigue Service in York

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9:35am 26th April 2014

Following the unpopular decision to close the York Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) service in 2011, a clinical assessment and rehabilitation service for people experiencing persistent fatigue has been set up in York.

The Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic specialises in CFS/ME, but also sees people with fatigue related to other medical disorders.

Although the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic was initially set up as an independent service it is now the preferred provider for the NHS assessment and rehabilitation for patients with CFS/ME in North Yorkshire, excluding adults in the Harrogate area.

Specialist Occupational Therapist, Kelly Morgan said: “In the last year, referrals to the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic have doubled. 

“This demand for a local service demonstrates how many people’s lives are being shattered by debilitating fatigue."

It is estimated that there are around 320 people living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME in York alone.

CFS/ME is a chronic illness characterised by persistent fatigue which is not alleviated by rest or sleep and includes symptoms of post-exertional malaise, memory and concentration difficulties and pain.

Twenty five percent of people with CFS/ME are bed bound due to the severity of their condition while many others are unable to work or attend school.

Ms Morgan added: “The fatigue is so profound that people often feel very isolated, both socially and emotionally. 

“It is for this reason we run a drop in session every 8 weeks so people from the local community can come together to support one another and share their experiences.’ 

The next drop in session is on the 26th April 2.30-3.30pm, anyone experiencing fatigue is welcome to come along.

For further details, contact Kelly Morgan on 01904 557148.

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