Thursday, 1 December 2011


Four Doctors in Wimbledon Failed to diagnose Sam Stosur ( tennis champion) with Lyme Disease.

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.

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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.

'Lyme Disease Action has been certified as a provider of high quality health information by The Information Standard scheme. This scheme was developed by the Department of Health to help the public identify trustworthy health and social care information easily. At the heart of the scheme is the standard itself – a set of criteria that defines good quality health or social care information and the methods needed to produce it.

To achieve the standard, organisations have to show that their processes and systems produce information that is

  • accurate
  • impartial
  • balanced
  • evidence-based
  • accessible
  • well-written

Accredited organisations have to show that where there are alternative views these are considered and presented; that information is truly evidence based and thoroughly researched from reputable sources.

Balanced, reliable information on Lyme disease is hard to come by, but LDA has achieved it. Doctors and patients can now use the information on this website secure in that knowledge. If someone quotes other sources of information be sure to ask whether those sources are also fully accredited.'

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