The Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society has welcomed new management guidelines for health professionals caring for patients affected by Myalgic encephalopathy (ME) or Chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS) launched by the British Association for CFS/ME (BACME). The Sussex & Kent ME Society that was founded 28 years ago is a member organisation of BACME as is the NHS specialist CFS/ME Services based in Maidstone and Hayward’s Heath that between them receive 75 new referrals per month from GPs.
The guideline covers both therapy and pharmacological symptom management.
Charity chair, Colin Barton says: “We very much welcome this guide that is the first of it’s kind and will help doctors and therapists across the counties to manage people with this debilitating illness that could ease their suffering and lead to better outcomes for many of them.”
Dr Alastair Miller, Chair of BACME and Medical advisor to the Sussex ME Society said: “The new guidelines meet a considerable need for a practical, clinical, treatment summary for all healthcare professionals working with patients suffering from this complex condition to follow. By bringing together specialists from different services and backgrounds, our guide provides a concise consensus for broader treatment; building on the knowledge of existing documents.
BACME is the specialist society for clinicians and researchers involved in the management of patients with CFS/ME. It is a multidisciplinary organisation that exists to promote and support the delivery of evidenced based treatment for all those affected by CFS/ME throughout the UK.