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Ticks and Lyme disease

Find out more about how our team stay informed about Lyme disease and what to do if you experience symptoms.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks.

What are ticks?

Ticks are small spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans. They are primarily found in woodlands and areas with long grass. Ticks that carry the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease are found throughout the UK, particularly in Southern England. See a UK tick distribution map here.

Managing risk at Heal Somerset

We take all risks seriously at Heal Somerset, including Lyme disease. Wherever a risk is identified, a risk assessment is performed and an appropriate approach is developed by the on-site team to manage those risks for staff, volunteers and visitors.
 

Our team have access to internal information on Lyme disease which includes guidance from the UK Health Security Agency and have received tick removal training.

Information for visitors

We recommend that visitors wear clothing that covers their skin, tuck their trousers into their socks and check themselves thoroughly after their visit.

 

Information and guidance for visitors about ticks and Lyme disease is also available at our site.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of the disease is encouraged to seek a medical opinion as soon as possible given the potentially serious long term implications of not receiving suitable treatment.

For more information on Lyme Disease, visit NHS Choices and Public Health England websites.

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