Help for people with ME/CFS in and around Stockport
STOCKPORT ME GROUP CAMPAIGNS
Stockport ME Group was founded in 1988 by District Nurse/ME sufferer Jean Holt and
is an independent registered charity (1067720).
SMEG has always actively campaigned for improved medical services, support and benefits
for all those with ME, PVFS (Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome) and CFS (Chronic Fatigue
ME/CFS MEDICAL SERVICES
• 1995: North West’s first ME/CFS ‘Group Management Programme’ set up by Stockport
NHS for adults living in Stockport, following a two year campaign.
• 1998: with National Lottery funding, SMEG started the UK’s first ME Nurse Domiciliary
Service supporting newly diagnosed and severely affected ME patients and their families.
We also provided information/training for GP’s, nurses etc. Over six years 900+ patients/carers
were helped. patients improvement/recovery rates increased from less than 20% to
• 2004: East Manchester CFS/ME (Adult) Multi Disciplinary Team was established with
Department of Health funding and is managed by Stockport PCT. SMEG’s ME nurses and
neuro-physiotherapist transferred to form the core of new NHS services for Stockport,
Manchester and Oldham PCT areas and a Network Coordinating Centre for Greater Manchester.
• 2005 onwards campaigns have been run to try and persuade Greater Manchester’s Strategic
Health Authority and Primary Care Trusts to end the ‘Postcode Lottery’ for specialist
ME/CFS services for the 12,000 adults/children with ME in this area.