What support is available to patients in Hywel Dda University Health Board suffering with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Answered by Minister for Health and Social Services | Answered on 15/03/2024

Improvements in support for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in Wales is being provided via our Adferiad (Recovery) programme, which was initially set up to support people with Long Covid.

£8.3million of recurrent funding has been allocated to Health Boards across Wales since March 2023. This funding is being used to widen access to people with other long-term conditions whose rehabilitation and recovery needs are similar to people with long COVID – including those with ME/CFS, and to continue to develop and expand community focussed multi-disciplinary rehabilitation services, supported by referral pathways into secondary care for those who need it.

In Hywel Dda University Health Board support for people with ME/CFS will be delivered through the Post Viral Syndrome Service. This needs-led service will target recovery and rehabilitation needs focusing on proactive care with extensive input from a broad multidisciplinary team. The design of this service has been contributed to by multiple partners, including WAMES (Working for ME in Wales)/Welsh Association of ME & CFS Support.