Bristol Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)
Bristol CFS/ME Service and Coronavirus
The CFS/ME Service have cancelled all of the groups that we run until further notice. This is to protect patients and staff. If you were expecting to come to one of our groups, we will be in touch with you with an alternative plan, as soon as we can.
We are now moving our outpatient appointments to telephone appointments. Please do not come to the clinic, but make sure that you are available by telephone at the time of your appointment. We will call you as close to your appointment time as possible.
If you need to contact us, you may prefer to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org as our phones are very busy at present.
At present, we are advising our patients to follow the most up-to-date Government advice about social isolation and infection control. We are unable to offer more specific advice, because there is a lack of good evidence regarding ME/CFS and Covid-19.
Some people with ME/CFS will be aware that when they have any infection, they tend to experience worse symptoms and these take some time to settle. However it is important to be aware that the immune system is still functioning and will be dealing with the infection. Continuing to manage your health through activity management, supportive routines, appropriate rest, maintaining contact with others and also managing stress can help not only CFS/ME but any infection, the recovery period and the impact of isolation.
For more information on Coronavirus, please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
It is estimated that around 250,000 people in the UK have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. Anyone can get the condition, although it's more common in women than men.
We often see people who have developed CFS/ME following an infection, such as glandular fever.