Lyme Disease

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to help improve (a) professional and (b) public awareness of the symptoms of Lyme disease.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In April 2018, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published a new Lyme disease guideline for use by healthcare professionals available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng95

An e-learning course on Lyme disease hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners is also available at the following link:

http://elearning.rcgp.org.uk/course/info.php?id=164

Public Health England (PHE) hosts regular training sessions for registered medical practitioners and practice nurses and produces factsheets for the public about being tick aware and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

PHE produces a leaflet describing the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and the actions to take if someone has any of these signs after a tick bite or possible tick exposure, available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lyme-disease-signs-and-symptoms

Information for the public is also available through the NHS Choices website at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease

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