Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) imageWhat is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

CFS, also called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), comprises a range of symptoms including fatigue, malaise, headache, sleep disturbance, difficulties with concentration and muscle pain. There is great variability in the symptoms different people experience and  they may fluctuate in severity and intensity.

The programme follows NHS guidelines for the management of CFS published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). 

The CFS Team

The team consists of conventionally trained doctors, nurses, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, and a dietitian. The team has vast experience in treating people with this condition. As part of UCLH, the team also has access to a clinical psychologist.

What Treatment Is Offered?

Medical Assessment and care:

An initial assessment in carried out by a doctor. The diagnosis of CFS is made on the basis of detailed clinical assessment and tests other possible causes of fatigue.

The programme of treatment is individually tailored to help the individual manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life which will maximise the chances of recovery.

Components of the programme may include:

  • Activity management
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Sleep management
  • General dietetic advice
  • Graded exercise therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

The programme takes place over 6 sessions. 

 

 Contact details

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
3rd floor  
60 Great Ormond Street
London, WC1N 3HR

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000 / 020 3448 2001 / 020 3448 2002

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 2000 / 020 3448 2001 / 020 3448 2002
Fax: 020 3448 2004
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

Service manager - Loretta Chinwokwu
Email: rlhimpatients@uclh.nhs.uk (not for referrals)

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