Neighboring Richmond and other London Parks have been known endemic areas for Lyme Disease for many years according to HPA, what hope us mere mortals of getting timely diagnosis and treatment if such athletes as Stosur and Mel Clarke ( para Olympic champion archer) struggle for diagnosis and proper treatment in endemic areas.
Stosur was fortunate to finally be diagnosed from ID consultant in Florida which led to a couple of months intensive antibiotic treatment including IV, something which is also denied patients in the UK following current restrictive UK guidelines even if patients are fortunate enough to get a diagnosis.
Mel Clarke talks about her difficulties getting treatment in the UK at the House of Commons meeting on Lyme Disease PDF available of the meeting if required.
My latest letter from Department of Health via my MP Anne Milton says 'A diagnosis of Lyme Disease can be made by a clinician on the basis of typical symptoms and known exposure to a tick bite ---' Interestingly our GMC seems to have confirmed this despite our 'expert' at HPA reporting doctors to GMC for not following HPA restrictive Guidelines.
'The controversy over Lyme Disease is the biggest medical disgrace ever' quote from a UK consultant.
Thankfully the Department of Health initiated 'The Information Standards Scheme' has now accredited the Lyme disease Action charity.