Today (27 April 2022), the Worcestershire ME Social Group received a copy of this notification (pdf).
We understand this letter was sent from Dr M Ling Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, to Worcestershire GPs in April 2021. The letter explained that “the chronic fatigue service run by infectious diseases with consultant input has been decommissioned last year at Worcestershire Acute Hospital, therefore we are unable to take patients for fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.”
However, Worcestershire GPs have been informed that
“at the time of writing this there is a therapy team with occupational therapists in Worcestershire, care of Malvern Community Hospital, who can deal with treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and many rheumatology services will have physiotherapists who can deal with fibromyalgia which can be diagnosed normally via the GP using standard criteria which could be discussed with rheumatology if there were any doubt.”
The letter also explained
“At the time of writing this there are services at the Barberry in Birmingham, Edgbaston, Bath and Bristol with details on the CFS website which may be able to help where diagnosis and management is needed.”
• Fibromyalgia • Local News • N.H.S.
• Worcestershire • Worcestershire M.E. Social Group