ME Support Isle of Man has welcomed the news that Manx Care is progressing plans for new care services.

This week, Manx Care announced a series of four public listening events will take place in February and March 2022 on the subjects of Myalgia Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Long Covid, with a view to creating ME/CFS and Long Covid services within Manx Care.

Juan Corlett told Gef: ‘ME Support (IOM) welcomes the announcement of public listening events and will be encouraging sufferers to actively participate in the process. We hope that the events will be truly accessible for all, even those who are most severely debilitated by their condition. Any form of communication can be very challenging for the most severe cases and these individuals also require the most help from the new service.

‘Manx Care has already received expert guidance from multiple, well qualified sources in the UK to guide and shape the development of the service, so we sincerely hope that improvements to diagnosis and treatment can be swiftly implemented.’

Workshops

The two different workshops will be held Wednesday February 9 between 4pm and 6pm on the subject of Long Covid with the second on ME/CFS between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday February 10. Both workshops will be held at the Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino on Douglas Promenade.

Further sessions in March will take place at Comis Hotel on Tuesday 29 between 1pm-3pm on Long Covid or Wednesday 30 between 4-6pm on ME/CFS. Manx Care are requesting the public to register their interview via Sarah Morton at sarah.morton@gov.im.

The questionnaire can be found here.

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