Western Isles residents are being asked to take part in a local study being undertaken on ‘The Impact on quality of life since the diagnosis of Lyme disease’.

The study is being completed by NHSWI Health Protection and Screening Nurse Specialist Isabell Macinnes as part of a Master’s degree in Infection Prevention and Control.

“Anyone with a diagnosis of Lyme disease confirmed by Erythema Migrans rash or positive serology is invited to participate,” said Isabell, adding: “Discussions will take place in a focus group and will be confidential – you will not be identifiable within the research.”

If you are interested in getting involved in the study, please contact Isabell MacInnes by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone: 01870 603366 / 07624 912900.

Closing date for applications is Friday, May 31st.

  • Lyme disease is the most common arthropod-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. In Europe, the causative agent is Borrelia burgdorferi.
  • Lyme disease has clinical presentations that range from acute to chronic illness.
  • Lyme disease is on the increase worldwide and the Western Isles have been identified as a ‘hot spot’.
  • There is a limited amount of UK studies that look at the impact Lyme disease has on the lives of patients.