Death of Dr Mitchell and an opportunity to celebrate his life and work

The Mitchell family wish to let former colleagues and former patients know the following;

Dr Terry Mitchell, a leading ME/CFS specialist in the UK, died at home on Friday 3 July 2015 after a long battle with debilitating illness.

Dr Mitchell was the Consultant clinical lead of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire NHS ME/CFS Service until 2008 and thereafter ran the Peterborough ME/CFS Service until his retirement in 2011.

Under sometimes difficult circumstances, he cared for thousands of patients throughout his career with great compassion and humanity. He also quietly acted as an advocate for ME sufferers in local, national and international fora.

Dr Mitchell personally endorsed and ensured distribution of the Carruthers et al Criteria (2003) and Overview (2005) documents to all referring clinicians in his NHS practice areas. He subsequently went on to co-author the International Consensus Criteria (2011) and Clinical Primer (2012) along with Dr Bruce Carruthers and colleagues.

He was a critic of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline 53 for ‘CFS/ME’ patients.

Dr Mitchell will be greatly missed by many former patients, colleagues and friends as well as by family. He was a true humanitarian.

The Mitchell family wish to have a private funeral for immediate family and friends.

Details of an opportunity to celebrate Terry’s life and work, together with an RSVP can be found here Please reply as soon as possible.

The intention is to hold this thanksgiving in Suffolk on Friday, July 24. Friends, colleagues and past patients will all be welcome.