Press Release Friday 27th May 2011 Fatigue Management Programme launched A Fatigue Management Programme for patients throughout the Western Isles has been launched by the local Occupational Therapy Department. The aim of the programme is to enable people with fatigue to explore the reasons for their fatigue and to give them tools and techniques to help them manage the problem better. The programme will run for five 2-hour sessions. The first four sessions will be held weekly at Western Isles Hospital with video-link to Uist and Barra Hospital if required. The fifth and final session will be held six weeks afterwards. The programme will run on a Tuesday afternoon. Topics covered in the programme include the following, but will be extended depending on what is needed by those that attend: What is fatigue, what causes it and what impact does it have on people? Tools to enable each individual to explore the specific causes of their fatigue Information on self management techniques to help people regain control of activities of daily living Setting goals throughout the programme to enable people to manage their fatigue Occupational Therapist Rhoda MacKay said: “Fatigue can be caused by many long term conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. There is evidence that suggests that fatigue can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to do their normal activity. This programme sets out to help them to overcome some of the restrictions imposed by their fatigue. “Before the programme starts, a one-to-one appointment will be given to those interested in attending the programme to assess their needs and answer any questions.” If you are interested in attending the programme please contact Elaine Smith, Occupational Therapy Department (01851 708287 or email email@example.com) for an application form. Contact Maggie Fraser Communications Manager 01851 708060 07810527457 Press Release Press Releases/Fatigue/May 2011 NHS Western Isles Press Release “The best at what we do” NHS Western Isles will work actively with patients, the public and our partners to improve our community's health and wellbeing, to tackle inequalities, and to deliver high quality, reliable clinical services. "SÀR-MHATH AIR NA THA SINN A'COILIONADH" Obraichidh Bòrd Slàinte nan Eilean Siar còmhla ri euslaintaich, am poball agus ar compàirtean gu piseach a thoirt air slàinte agus maitheas ar coimhearsnachd, gu neo-ionannachd a sheachnadh, agus gu seirbhisean chlionaigeach a tha earbsach agus aig àrd-inbhe a lìbhrigeadh.