It’s now been one week since the BMJ Open published a study based on the records from a GP medical database of 8.4 million people from between 2001 and 2012, that ultimately suggested a much higher number of annual cases of Lyme disease than in previous estimates. It’s likely that you saw the news and … More Reactions to the BMJ Open study on Lyme disease – and what’s next?
The NICE Quality Standard for Lyme disease was published yesterday (10th July 2019). The quality standard covers diagnosing and managing Lyme disease in people of all ages. It also includes raising public awareness about prevention. It aims to work alongside the NICE Guideline for Lyme disease, helping to improve care of Lyme patients and increase … More NICE Quality Standard for Lyme disease now published
For this week’s blog feature, we’re sharing the story of Lyme patient Tracy Dopson, who wrote in to the charity with this piece on her experiences, and what she wants others to know. If you’re often asked by friends and family how you are, and you don’t know how to reply, or how to explain … More Living with Lyme disease…….and I’M FINE!
If your child has been diagnosed with Lyme disease, you may be worried about how long they will remain ill or whether there may be any permanent effects. Most people who catch Lyme disease, and are treated for it promptly, do make a full recovery. This article gives you practical advice on how to look … More How to look after a child with Lyme disease
Catching any illness when you’re pregnant is frightening. Once you start reading about Lyme disease and finding more stories on the internet, this may ramp up to feeling terrified. Don’t Panic! The most important thing to remember is that treatment exists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America has also addressed the … More What to do if you catch Lyme disease when you’re pregnant
Teaching at home Do your children know how to tell a tick from a spider? Do they know which kind of flies drink blood? Do they know how to protect themselves from Britain’s most dangerous parasite? We have downloadable worksheets to teach them how to avoid tick danger, without scaring them off playing outside! There … More Teach your children some tick bite safety
As it’s Lyme Awareness Month, the weather is improving, and thoughts may be turning to summer holidays, this week’s blog features our top ten tips on how to best protect yourself from ticks whilst camping. Camping holidays are a fantastic way to enjoy our beautiful countryside and bring families or friends together. You can give … More Ten ways to beat the blood suckers when you go camping this summer
Caudwell LymeCo has just run a survey of over 200 UK Lyme disease patients to find out how well their doctors seemed to know and follow the NICE guideline. The survey results we reported were based on the responses given by patients and we have not independently verified them with their doctors or diagnostic laboratories. … More Progress needed in patient treatment under the NICE guideline
Our recent survey asked patients about their experience of diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease since the NICE guideline has been published. It showed that there have been some improvements – but there are some areas which could be much better. We decided to make the last question a free text entry, so people could … More Comments by Lyme disease patients on the NICE guideline
Last week, the QSAC (Quality Standard Assurance Committee) for Lyme disease met for the second and final meeting on the quality statements that will be provided for doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff when dealing with Lyme disease. The aim of quality statements A “quality standard” contains brief action-focused statements about a specific patient experience … More NHS Quality Standard for Lyme disease at Second Stage