The National ME Centre is based in the Long Term Conditions Centre (LTCC) at the Old Harold Wood Hospital Site, Romford, Essex.
In the early 1990's, Dr Betty Dowsett (microbiologist) and Professor Leslie Findley (neurologist) were concerned by the growing number of patients they were seeing who were being diagnosed with CFS/ME and by the lack of guidance and support available to those patients. They employed a manager (Karen Walsh) and the NMEC was ‘born’.
In November 1992, charitable status was granted and a Board of Trustees appointed.
The Centre grew as funding became available and was staffed by a full time manager, a part-time administrator, fundraiser, occupational therapist, three specialist support workers Ð they worked alongside three consultants.
The Centre offered a unique blend of help, care and support to sufferers and their families. It was a fully integrated service for the management of this complex illness. The multi-disciplinary team included professional clinicians and therapists, ie occupational therapist, physiotherapist, nutritionist, and counsellor.
Since February 2007 the Centre no longer has a paid manager and the clinical service was suspended in May 2007. Occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nutritional input and counselling is still available to patients with a diagnosis.
A Specialist Support Worker continues to offer advice, support and information by appointment. A telephone service is usually available on Mondays between 11.00 - 1.00 pm on 01708 378050.