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Making a referral

Making a referral

A number of specialist M.E. clinics exist across the UK, with multi-disciplinary teams usually offering diagnostic services and specialist symptom management programmes.

The general principles of management within the specialist services will be similar although there may be slight differences. In general, all patients will be individually assessed and then offered management either as individual sessions or within a group.

Referral to other services may also be required for additional assessment, symptom control or further support and advice. This could include referral:

  • to a specialist consultant, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or psychological therapist
  • for benefits advice
  • for additional help from the primary care team
  • to social services for additional care support.

Some areas are not covered by specialist services, particularly in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so an out-of-area referral may be necessary.

The NICE guideline for M.E. says that referral to a specialist service should be made:

  • within six months of presentation for people with mild M.E.
  • within three to four months of presentation for people with moderate M.E.
  • immediately for people with severe M.E.

You can search our services directory to find your nearest specialist M.E. clinic. British Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalopathy (BACME) may also be able to help.