New Norfolk clinic opened to treat chronic fatigue

The Aylsham Care Trust building, which hosted the meeting. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Aylsham Care Trust building, which hosted the meeting. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A new clinic has opened in a north Norfolk town to support people suffering from chronic fatigue.

The Aylsham clinic will offer advice and support to people diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), as well as appointments with an occupational therapist.

It will be based at Aylsham Care Trust (ACT) centre, and run every Thursday and Friday from 9am to 4pm, by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).

Adele Madin, from ECCH, said: "We are delighted to be able to provide a new service in the Aylsham area to support people with this debilitating condition."

And Cath Byford, lead director for commissioners Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, added: "The additional service will improve access for patients who will be able to attend a clinic in a location more convenient for them."

Patients need a GP referral, or, if aged under 16, be under the care of a paediatrician.

The symptoms of ME/CFS typically include a feeling of unusual and excessive tiredness that is characteristically made much worse after any activity. The fatigue is usually both physical and mental.

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Other symptoms can include a lack of refreshing sleep, swollen lymph glands, headaches, muscle and joint pain.

ECCH now runs four ME/CFS clinics across Norfolk in Kings Lynn, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Aylsham.

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