Essex Chronic Fatigue Service
The Essex Chronic Fatigue Service (CFS) is a county-wide service run from Southend University Hospital, with outpatient assessments and therapy sessions held throughout Essex.
We believe that the best care possible involves making an
accurate diagnosis. We assess our patients using an integrated
approach, and then decide with the patient what approach has the
best chance of restoring their health.
Before our assessment we will request that your GP carries out
appropriate blood and other tests to ensure no other cause is found
for your ill health.
Our treatment aims to work with you towards recovery and
management of your symptoms. Treatments offered by us are based on
evidence from research into CFS (also known as Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis) and the National Institute for Health and
Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines which are set for patient
care by the government.
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What is CFS?
The cause of the condition is as yet unknown. What we do
know is that it is a condition consisting of various signs and
symptoms, the main one being persistent and excessive tiredness or
fatigue made worse by activity, and not alleviated by
Other symptoms may include
- Muscle and joint pain
- Sore throats
- Tender lymph glands
- Disturbed sleep
- Memory & concentration problems
- Dizziness & poor balance
- Digestive disturbances
What can I expect from the service?
After we receive your completed GP referral we will invite you
to attend for a comprehensive assessment looking at all biological,
psychological and social aspects. This will enable us to make
a diagnosis and discuss further treatment options.
For answers to common questions,
please see our FAQ page.
For links to additional
resources, please see our further information page.
Follow up treatment
If you are diagnosed you will be invited to attend a one
off Fatigue Management Session and also placed on a waiting
list for your selected 1:1 therapy at your chosen clinic and will
be contacted as soon as an appointment becomes available.
Treatment sessions last up to one hour and may be weekly,
fortnightly, monthly or further apart.
Please have a look
at our therapies page for more detailed information.
Who is in the team?
- Specialist cognitive behavioural therapists
- Specialist occupational therapists
- Access to physiotherapists
- Service manager
- Administration team
Assessment clinics and therapy sessions are held at the
- Benfleet (assessment & therapy).
- Ongar (assessment & therapy).
- Colchester (assessment & therapy).
Contact the CFS team
Rehabilitation Department, Southend University Hospital
Telephone 01702 385247 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday between 08.30 and 16.30
and Friday between 08.00 and 16.00
Outside of these hours please leave a message and we will get
back to you.
You can also contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 01702 508511
"Thanks again to you and your team for responding so
quickly" March 2014