The CFS/ME Service was commissioned
in 2004 to assess and treat 150-200 new referrals annually, for
patients meeting the criteria.
Following receipt of a complete referral
form supported by appropriate history, examination and
investigations patients will be triaged.
Predominantly assessments will be undertaken
by Vicki Piggott, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist; Marie
Liddell, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist; Joanne Davies,
Specialist Occupational Therapist. Patients will have their
assessment and management plans individually discussed, and a
summary communicated to the GP.
It is the aim of the service to
provide a responsive and high quality service to patients who
present with CFS/ME, aiming to empower patients and carers to
manage the problems of the illness in everyday life. Where
necessary the service will work with partner organisations who are
involved with the patient or may need to become involved.
This includes providing expert reports for any associated bodies
such as DWP or Occupational Health. The service will maintain
links and be an active participant in the Regional CFS/ME
Treatment response is variable between patients. Typically
patients will receive a maximum of 12 therapy sessions. Some
of these sessions may include telephone consultation, by mutual
agreement. End of treatment will be mutually
planned. All patients (barring change of circumstances) will
be then offered six month and one year reviews to revisit the end
of treatment outcome and to ensure the patient is still empowered
to manage their condition.
The service intends to provide the best possible care for
patients. The team will maintain high standards of assessment
and up to date clinical knowledge and skills.
Subject to contracting arrangements the service would like to
extend the scope of its practice to other patient groups, where it
is deemed the therapist skills are appropriate. For instance,
a recent successful pilot of group therapy treating patients with
Fibromyalgia, working alongside Consultant Rheumatologists.
This service is available to all
patients who are registered with a GP, within Co Durham &
The service is based at Chester Le Street Hospital
The service is ran Monday to Friday 08:30 am to
Clinic locations are Shotley Bridge
Community Hospital, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital,
University Health Centre at Green Lane Durham, and Sedgefield
Referrals are accepted from GPs and Consultants supported with
appropriate history, examination and investigation
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital