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Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME


Information for GPs and Referrers

We are happy to see any child under the age of 19 with CFS/ME who needs help getting better. They may have mild CFS/ME and need a little help, or have very severe CFS/ME and not be able to get out of bed. We are able to accept referrals for young people aged 18 or 19 if they are still in education.

  • We can accept referrals locally, regionally and nationally
  • Hospital consultants, GPs or other health professionals can refer patients

A referral proforma, including details of all the screening blood tests required within the last 12 months, is provided for your convenience here: 

Referral Proforma

Referrers are requested to make a formal referral via NHS e-Referral Service:

  1. Select: Children and Adolescent Service.
  2. Clinic type: Neurology.
  3. Post code: BA1 3NG.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are referring from outside the local RUH area and wish your patient to be considered for the FITNET-NHS study, we are only able to accept referrals submitted by the NHS e-Referral Service (formerly Choose & Book).

Written referrals should be sent to:

Professor Esther Crawley (Consultant Paediatrician),
Paediatric CFS/ME Service,
Children's Centre,
Royal United Hospital Bath,
Combe Park,
Bath, BA1 3NG

Children and young people need to have had CFS/ME for at least three months before a diagnosis can be made. Before a diagnosis is made, children and young people need to have had screening blood tests to rule out other causes of fatigue (please see the referral proforma above for further details).

If you have any queries prior to referring, please contact a member of the team on
01225 821340.

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