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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)

The Derbyshire Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) Service is based within Specialist Rehabilitation at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital.

The team consists of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and consultants in rehabilitation medicine.

Patients are seen by the most appropriate professional to meet their needs.  All staff are trained in the field of CFS/ME. The CFS/ME pathway includes specialist assessment, therapy interventions and self-management advice for adults (aged 16 and above) who have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.

Children and young people should be referred to a paediatrician. Patients can choose either one to one or group therapy treatment.

Appointments may be face to face, via video link, or over the phone.  Patients who are severely affected can be seen at home. Referrals are accepted from GPs or consultants.


Long covid fatigue management

The CFS/ME Service also accepts referrals for adults experiencing fatigue as a result of long covid, providing assessment and therapy interventions to support symptom management and rehabilitation.


Relaxation techniques

*Note

Relaxation is a skill and you should only use these techniques if you have been taught how to do so by The Derby Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) Service.

Allow yourself sufficient time after completing the relaxation exercise before getting up, so that you don't feel light headed or dizzy, and do not drive for at least 10 minutes after using the technique to ensure that you are fully alert.

If you experience any increased pain or discomfort then it may be appropriate for you to stop using that technique.

Relaxation techniques


Introduction


Autogenic relaxation


Deep relaxation


Hand warming technique


Relaxation in a chair


Stretch out your tension

 

Contact and find us

Location

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton
Specialist Rehabilitation
Florence Nightingale Community Hospital
London Road
DE1 2QY

Nearest car park: Main entrance 

Telephone: 01332 258 255

The service is accessible by wheelchair. The nearest blue badge parking is outside the main hospital entrance. The service is on the ground floor.