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
The guideline will be one year old in a few weeks’ time: how many doctors know what it says? Caudwell LymeCo has just run a survey of 212 UK Lyme disease patients to find out how well their doctors seemed to know and follow the NICE guideline. The survey results we report here are based … More LymeCo Survey Results: Is the NICE Guideline being followed?
So you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, you have had a course of antibiotics, and you still feel ill? This happens to a lot of people who catch Lyme disease. If you don’t know what to do, read on. 1. Ask your doctor if you need a second course of antibiotics Return to your … More What to do if you still feel ill after your Lyme disease treatment has finished
Last month, Lyme disease sufferer, Charlotte Pegg wrote to us to share some of the neurological symptoms that she’d been suffering from. She was keen to raise awareness of the more rare parts of the illness, so that anyone who experiences the same may spot them for what they are, preventing any delay in diagnosis: … More Case Study – patient shares rare symptoms of Lyme disease
So you’ve just been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Now what? 1. Don’t panic! The amount of doom and gloom about Lyme disease on the internet may make you think you have something worse than anthrax. Just remember that more than half of people who catch Lyme disease recover completely, and even a sizeable proportion of … More What to do if you’ve just been diagnosed with Lyme disease
If you have just become ill Time is of the essence. Delaying a visit to the doctor can make the difference between full recovery and chronic symptoms, so see the doctor right away if you suspect Lyme disease. 1. If you have been bitten by a tick, tell your doctor the details If you removed … More What to do if you think you might have Lyme disease
Caudwell LymeCo began the year 2016, as soon as the charity was founded, by giving UK Lyme disease patients a voice with our survey of 500 people. The survey highlighted years of neglect for almost all our respondents, alarming delays in their diagnosis and, for most, insufficient treatment that left them unable to resume their … More Survey: Is the NICE guideline for Lyme disease being followed?
This February is set to be the warmest since records began for many parts of Britain. The mild sunny weather is not only bringing the pleasure of freakishly early spring flowers, but also starting what could feasibly be the earliest British tick breeding season in over 100 years. The tick breeding season in Britain usually … More Warmest February weather on record triggers tick breeding season three months early