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GPs enthusiastic to learn more about M.E.

March 20, 2017

Dozens of GPs admitted that while it’s hard to know how to help people with M.E. in their areas, they were all keen to learn more about the illness and how they could help people affected by it when Action for M.E. spoke to them at the Royal College of GPs’ one-day neurology conference last Friday.

Of all the GPs spoken to on the day, none of them expressed doubt that M.E. is a real neurological illness and many were enthusiastic about signing up to our upcoming Webinars for GPs series.

“Every GP I spoke to was keen to hear about how they could better support people with M.E., and were enthusiastic about being able to access clinical expertise via our webinars,” said Clare Ogden, Head of Communications and Policy, Action for M.E., who attended the event. “GPs also said it would be helpful to signpost their patients with M.E. to Action for M.E. for information and advice about other aspects of living M.E., such as managing issues around employment and social care.”

Action for M.E. had a stand at the event and delegates were given a copy of our Newly diagnosed with M.E. booklet.

Our webinar on Thursday 4 May, 8pm, will focus on M.E., postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and autonomic dysfunction. Open to any health professional working in primary care, it’s led by our medical advisor Prof Julia Newton, Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine, University of Newcastle; and DrLesley Kavi, GP with a special interest in POTS. Please do encourage your GP to take part.