The Essex Community Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service

We support people with: 

  • Mild to moderate Myalgia Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) symptoms. Those with severe and very severe as outlined by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) should be referred to a Specialist Centre.  

  • Fibromyalgia 

  • Fatigue and associated conditions such as Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD), Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos (hEDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoT’s). 

We are an Essex wide community service and we require referrals from GP’s. 

We are a small multidisciplinary team which consists of a Consultant Nurse, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Health and Well-being Practioners. 

Our team provides a holistic assessment of patients to confirm diagnoses which includes: 

  • A thorough history of symptoms and past medical conditions. 

  • A physical assessment.  This could include checking movement, balance and reflexes as well as blood pressure and heart rate.   

  • Questions around emotional well-being 

  • A social assessment.  This could include questions about where the patient lives, how they manage at home and whether they have care support. 

This information will enable our team to develop and agree a personalised care plan with the patient and their family/carer.   

Therapy support can be delivered in a variety of formats - face to face, video consultation or telephone. We prefer the 1st consultation to be face to face to enable us to make a definitive diagnosis, however following this and as part of the personalised care plan the patient will work with the therapy team on their preference for future contacts. Information and care can be provided in a variety of formats:  

  • Individual one-to-one sessions. 

  • Group-based sessions. 

  • Written information. 

  • Audio resources. 

We use NICE Guidelines, current research and evidence, as well as feedback from all our patient groups to shape our service.  

Contact us 

The Tyrells Health Wing 

Seamore Avenue 

Benfleet 

Essex SS7 4EX 

Telephone: 01702 385732 

Email:  mse.cfsservice@nhs.net