90 minute assessments by a specialist team and we devote time to gain a shared understanding of your condition
individual or group programmes to help you recover
the opportunity for you to access a range of professionals, including 14 qualified NHS clinicians
liaison with your GP during your recovery
different options for treatment, including home-based rehabilitation and home visits for people whose lives are severely affected by CFS/ME
consultations and advice by video conferencing and telephone if needed
a private online forum for people who use our service
consistently good outcomes to improve your quality of life. Our high patient satisfaction results show we are valued by people who use our service.
Our service is provided by a team of professionals, all with specialist expertise and includes:
clinician lead and matron
cognitive behavioural therapist
We are supported by a team of administrative staff. We also value the input and involvement of former patients and carers, who make a unique contribution, as volunteers, to developing our service.
What people say about our service
Here are some comments from people who have used the Leeds and West Yorkshire CFS / ME Service:
“Service is of an extremely high standard. Extremely professional. Their knowledge of CFS / ME is very good. The treatment works.”
“The service has helped me to acknowledge and come to terms with my condition.”
“The group sessions have helped me to identify what I can do to manage the condition.”
“Comprehensive service. Helpful dealing with workplace and related issues. Flexible with number of appointments and ability to make more as necessary.”
“Every session I’ve attended whether it be face to face or by telephone I‘ve always been treated so respectfully. The advice I’ve been given has always proved to be helpful. The sessions made me realise that there is a plan we can implement to make life easier.”
“My wife has been treated with respect and empathy. The service has been very beneficial for her. The appointment system is very efficient. She has been shown techniques and life models that have transformed our lives. She has only been discharged when ready meaning she hasn’t been rushed in any way.”
Referrals into our service are made by your GP or another health professional involved in your care. They will need to make a referral to us that includes your recent blood tests and other essential information we require.
If you live outside Leeds, we will need to request funding from the clinicial commissioning group (CCG) local to where you live following your referral from your GP.
There is no test to tell whether someone has CFS / ME. The diagnosis, therefore, is largely dependent upon the history of the symptoms and exclusion of other causes or conditions that cause similar symptoms.
We will make sure that other illnesses have been excluded by your GP or other health professional involved in your care before we offer you an assessment. This will mean you having some routine tests such as blood tests before referral to our service.
Once this stage is complete we will then write to you to request that you contact us to arrange a suitable time to come for your initial assessment.
You will be offered an appointment within 13 weeks from the date we receive your referral.
Areas covered by our service
Typically, our referrals come from Leeds and surrounding areas in Yorkshire, but we do accept referrals from outside this area if you can travel.
Resources for professionals making a referral into our service
To make a referral into our service, please see the information in our primary care booklet, complete a referral form and submit this in one of the following ways:
to make a referral by post, please download, complete and return a referral form to Leeds and West Yorkshire CFS/ME Service, Therapy Suite, 1st Floor, The Newsam Centre, Seacroft Hospital, York Road, Leeds, LS14 6WB
The Leeds and West Yorkshire CFS / ME Service is based in the Therapy Suite on the first floor of the Newsam Centre and can be contacted on 0113 85 56330 / 0113 85 56331 / 0113 85 56334 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.