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Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme disease- awareness raising educational resources for registered practitioners

In 2016, driven by an apparently quickly increasing burden of infection and associated public concern, the Scottish Health Protection Network formed a Lyme Disease sub-group.  The sub-group quickly agreed to prioritise three workstreams these are:

  1. Improved surveillance
  2. Workforce education and development
  3. Enhanced public awareness of ticks and Lyme Disease

To support key practitioner groups such as Practice Nurses, a number of educational resources have been developed to raise awareness of Lyme disease, and how to recognise and manage it most appropriately.

These resources are currently under review, May 2019

In addition colleagues may find the following BMJ visual summary to be of use:

Lyme disease: antibiotic choices

Please note: These resource continue to be updated  as required to support this programme but do not replace the clinical judgement of practitioners.

Public awareness resources

Practitioners might also be interested to know that a number of public awareness resources have been updated and refreshed by the Lyme Disease sub-group and will shortly be available through the HPS website.

These resources focus on making the public aware of ticks, advise them on steps to take to reduce the likelihood of being bitten by ticks and educate them on how to remove ticks promptly and safely from themselves and their children.

 Resources last updated July 2018