Western Isles Lyme disease research recognised

Teams of doctors and students awarded for work developing Lyme disease evidence base at NHS Western Isles

Friday 24th May 2019

A team of doctors and students from Glasgow university have been recognised for their research into the tick-borne disease Lyme disease in the Western Isles.

Dr Caroline Millins and Dr Roman Biek led a team of students to carry out the work, in partnership with the local health board, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Uist Deer Management Group.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by ticks that live on long grass and latch on to exposed skin as people or animals brush past.

Residents in the Western Isles attended information sessions, completed questionaires and supported the team’s survey work across the island chain.

NHS Western Isles is drawing attention to its range of business information materials about Lyme disease and ticks.

Any interested business can contact the health board to receive an advice pack and tick removal tool.


Picture: NHSWI Director of Public Health Dr Maggie Watts; Dr Caroline Millins and Dr Roman Biek of The University of Glasgow; Walter Leo and Donald Nayer, University of Glasgow MSc students; NHSWI Health Protection Nurse Specialist Isabell MacInnes, and Ealasaid Dick, veterinary surgeon, Uist.