Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service

Bristol CFS/ME Service is a specialist NHS Service for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME which has been offering evidence-based care since 2004.

We offer an outpatient service to people living in Bristol, North Somerset, and Gloucestershire. We can offer a combination of telephone and face-to-face contact, and part of our role is to advise and support other Health Care Professionals in the clinical management of people with CFS/ME.

The clinical team includes Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists, as we offer a multidisciplinary team approach. We do not currently employ a medic as there are no evidence-based medications for CFS/ME which cannot be prescribed by a GP. We maintain close links with other hospital specialties within North Bristol NHS Trust and at United Bristol Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Find our more about referral information including the checklist of required blood tests.

Research

The Bristol Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service has ongoing involvement in research projects, including a study completed by Dr Jade Thai at the University of Bristol which is now in its second phase. Dr Thai and her research colleagues are currently recruiting people living with CFS/ME who are willing to take part in a memory study which uses a functional MRI scanner. If you are interested in this study and you are currently a patient of the Bristol CFS/ME Service, please contact your clinician who can let you know more about the study.

We are also involved in another study which aims to understand more about how people living with CFS/ME complete a commonly used fatigue questionnaire, the Chalder Fatigue Scale. Some of our patients have found this questionnaire difficult to complete, so we are inviting patients to take part in this qualitative study which will help us get a fuller understanding of these difficulties. This research will help us to improve the questionnaire, or to choose an alternative questionnaire which patients find easier to complete.